The Environmental Science Program will host a talk by Dr. Chip Small titled “Sudoku and environmental science: Tools for filling in the gaps in our understanding of natural systems” from noon-1p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Owens Science Hall, Room 257.

Environmental research is often difficult, slow and expensive, according to Small. “We want to use our hard-earned data to maximize our understanding of how the system works,” he said.

Small will present some examples from his research in Costa Rican rain forest streams and Lake Superior of how data can be combined with some simple assumptions and mass balance constraints to squeeze out more information–like a Sudoku puzzle.

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