john drake

john drake

The Tipping Point: What Jenga Can Teach Us About Epidemics | John Drake | TEDxUGA

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What does the game of Jenga have in common with an infectious diseases? A tipping point. Dr. John Drake, a professor in the Odum School of Ecology, shares his innovative solution for predicting when an outbreak will occur, and explains how sometimes the greatest ideas can come from the most unlikely of places. John M. Drake is an Associate Professor in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. His research seeks to understand the dynamics of biological populations and epidemics, focusing on the integration of theory and experimental or observational data. Biological phenomena of interest include extinction, fluctuations in variable environments, the spatial distribution or populations (niche theory), Allee effects, demographic stochasticity, spatial spread, and near-critical dynamics. Practical applications of this work include decision support for managing invasive species, mapping the spread of infectious diseases, and forecasting disease emergence. Dr. Drake received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California from 2004-2006. He has been at the University of Georgia since 2006. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx