Flu pandemic, political microtargeting, behavioral response to predator presence, species genetic diversity. Populations contain intricate connections that occur on time scales ranging from milliseconds to generations. At the Laboratory for Computational Population Biology, we explore the growing interface between Population Biology and Computer Science, from genetics to social interactions.


Animals spend their lives on the move, creating networks of global connectivity that shape and increasingly are being shaped by ecosystem health. From the local quest to find food, shelter and mates, to the long-distance traverses of global migrations, movement provides a biological framework link- ing individual processes to population dynamics in organisms ranging from bacteria to humans.


Yet, animal movement remains a black box, limiting our ability to model and predict important processes, including potential impacts of human-induced rapid environmental change, spread of diseases, and sustaining biodiversity. Resolving these questions is computationally challenging because of the complex interplay between individual, social and environmental processes. [project page]


Image-Based Ecological Information System (IBEIS) is a large autonomous computational system that starts from image collections and progresses all the way to answering ecological and conservation queries, such as population sizes, species interactions, and movement patterns. IBEIS can detect various species of animals in those images and identify individual animals of most striped, spotted, wrinkled or notched species.  It stores the information about who the animals are, where and when they are there in a database, and provides query tools to that data for scientists and curious people to find out what those animals are doing and why they are doing it.[project page]



Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) 2017: CompPopBio Lab Director Prof. Berger-Wolf will co-chair GLBIO 2017 conference with Prof. Tandy Warnow (UIUC). GLBIO 2017 will have a new format, with a mixture of Special Sessions (organized by the scientific community) in addition to the regular track. The tentative deadline for proposing special sessions is October 1, 2016; please see the call for special sessions for more information.