Discipline: 
Physics
Status: 
Available
Level: 
Summer Project
Supervisor(s): 
Professor Matthew Davis

Suitable for:  Students interested in theoretical and computational quantum physics.

Project:  This project aims to use the methods of statistical physics to help understand the equilibrium and dynamics and of interacting plant communities (with Associate Professor Margie Mayfield in the School of Biological Sciences). 

Reference:  Higher-order interactions capture unexplained complexity in diverse communities, Margaret M. Mayfield & Daniel B. Stouffer, Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, Article number: 0062 (2017); doi: 10.1038/s41559-016-0062.

Expected outcomes:  Hopefully we will show that physics methods can be used to help understand the interactions between plants in a community.

Duration:  8 weeks; start and finish dates flexible.

Contact:  Professor Matt Davis, mdavis@physics.uq.edu.au or phone +61 7 334 69824; room 309, Physics Annexe (6), UQ St Lucia campus.