Maths Meets Biology

Biologists are increasingly using mathematical tools to aid in research. These problems explore different biological contexts where maths has an important contribution to make.

Bird Watch link

Bird Watch 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?

Terrariums link

Terrariums 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.

Food Web link

Food Web 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Is this eco-system sustainable?

Food Chains link

Food Chains 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?

Counting Dolphins link

Counting Dolphins 

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

Investigating Epidemics link

Investigating Epidemics 

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Influenza Virus: It's All in the Packaging link

Influenza Virus: It's All in the Packaging 

Stage: 4 and 5

This article explores how researchers in disease dynamics are using mathematics to understand how the influenza virus replicates.

Solving the Genome Puzzle link

Solving the Genome Puzzle 

Stage: 4 and 5

The human genome is represented by a string of around 3 billion letters. To deal with such large numbers, genome sequencing relies on clever algorithms. This article investigates.