MathBio: The Basic Horseshoe Crab Model

During the last class before spring break, we were visited by Daniel Sasson from the Biology Department, a horseshoe crab expert and mathematical modeling enthusiast.  We presented several versions of our models for the “Blood Harvest” we discussed in Wednesday’s class and he advised us on some parameter values that make sense.  Our general conclusionsContinue reading “MathBio: The Basic Horseshoe Crab Model”

MathBio: Horseshoe Crabs and the Blood Harvest

On Wednesday my friend Daniel Sasson passed along a fascinating story from The Atlantic, The Blood Harvest, about the blood of horseshoe crabs. I will leave it to the article to explain the why’s, but it turns out that scientists regularly capture horseshoe crabs, drain them of 30% of their blood, and then return themContinue reading “MathBio: Horseshoe Crabs and the Blood Harvest”