Maths Meets Biology

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 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?

Terrariums 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.

Food Web 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Is this eco-system sustainable?

Food Chains 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?

Counting Dolphins 

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:
How would you go about estimating populations of dolphins?

Investigating Epidemics 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
This article explores how researchers in disease dynamics are using mathematics to understand how the influenza virus replicates.
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.