IBSS Seminar Series: “Goldilocks Models in Ecology and Evolution” | California Academy of Sciences

Dr. Tanjona Ramiadantsoa
Scientific Director and Graduate Program Coordinator, Madagascar Biodiversity Center

With the era of big data and advanced computing, complex models are often desired. In this talk, Dr. Ramiadantsoa will discuss the trade-off between generality and complexity using two examples: inference from phylogenetic data and insights from fire-vegetation model.

Tanjona Ramiadantsoa is a theoretical ecologist from Madagascar. He is currently the Scientific Director and Graduate Program Coordinator at Madagascar Biodiversity Center. He obtained in masters degree in Mathematics in Madagascar before starting a PhD in ecology and evolution at the University of Helsinki, Finland with Ilkka Hanski and Otso Ovaskainen. He then completed a two-year postdoc at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, three-year postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a one-year postdoc at the University of Montpellier. He returned to Madagascar in 2020 to do research and train young scientists, especially in quantitative methods.

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