The SPEED Lab (Spatial Population Ecological and Epidemiological Dynamics) is the research group of Prof. David Hiebeler.
Research efforts of the group focus on computational and mathematical models of populations spread across landscapes. These landscapes often include different types of habitat, arranged in various types of patterns. Possible applications of the models include modeling the spread of plants in forested landscapes, agricultural crop pests such as maggot flies in commercial blueberry fields in Maine with pesticides being applied in various patterns, and other invasive species such as Asian woodwasps. The models are also being applied toward studying the spread of malicious software such as computer worms or viruses in networks, as such software often uses biologically-inspired dispersal strategies.