MARQUETTE – Brian Maurer of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will present “Consilience and the Study of Complex Systems” from 3:10-4:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Gries Hall room 167.  The event is part of the “Discourses from the Academy” colloquium series sponsored by the Northern Michigan University psychology department.

            Maurer will examine a series of complex ecological systems composed of 14 species of small rodents that eat seeds that all reside in southeastern Arizona.  His discussion will attempt to show how different behavior models contain different types of information about a system and how this approach can be used in the study of any complex system.

            The term “consilience” describes the idea that all science should be consistent from one field to the next, and that a scientist should be able to look for common themes among different disciplines.  Most systems studied are complex, open systems composed of a large number of interacting parts.

            The general public is invited to this free event.  For more information, call 227-2935.

Prepared By
Colleen O'Reilly