Thesis - Open Access
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Biomathematics as a field has grown substantially over the last 50 years. It has found success in modeling biological phenomena in a variety of areas ranging from ecology to molecular biology [Mackey and Maini, 2015]. Furthermore, the continued development of biomath may be invaluable in understanding current challenges in biology, such as predicting the effects of climate change on different ecosystems. All successful interdisciplinary research depends different types of scientists having the ability to understand and collaborate well with each other. Traditionally, mathematicians are exclusively trained in theoretical systems, while biologists usually work in experimentally driven laboratory settings. As a result, collaboration can lead to miscommunications and fundamental misunderstandings about both the system being studied and the mathematical tools being used. The author argues that until biomath becomes fully integrated into biology such miscommunications cannot be avoided and the field will not reach its full potential.
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Weishaar, Kyle, "The Future of Biomath: Growing Beyond Collaboration" (2019). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 937.