Jared Woolacott and Dan Gianotti to give talks Friday at 3:30 in STO453 as part of Graduate Student Seminar Series

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April 8th, 2014

This Friday marks the return on the Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series.

The  seminar will take place beginning at 3:30 pm and will feature presentations by Earth & Environment Graduate Students Jared Woolacott and Dan Gianotti.

Jared Woolacott will begin the seminar with his talk titled “Modeling ecosytem dynamics in general equilibrium.”

Dan Gianotti will immediate follow with his talk titled “Real weather, Fake weather, and the California Drought.”

Refreshments will be served immediately following the event.

To learn more about upcoming Graduate Student Seminars, visit the Department of Earth & Environments calendar.

Abstracts of the talks:

“Modeling ecosystem dynamics in general equilibrium” by Jared Woollacott

This work adapts optimization-based, input-output modeling techniques of economic general equilibrium theory to a biophysical setting. The bioenergetic general equilibrium (BGE) model developed here offers a novel contribution to the theoretical biology literature and, through integration with economic general equilibrium models, has the potential to significantly advance integrated assessment modeling. The model is ideal for assessing human-environment interactions and the policies that guide them.


Real weather, fake weather, and the California Drought” by Dan Gianotti

Dan’s current research is on using “Stationary Stochastic Weather Models” in comparison with real precipitation data to study the climatic predictability of rain.  This presentation will show applications of these methods for looking at the current California drought to attempt to determine how “unusual” it really is.