Catching Killers: From Criminology to Ecology

Biologist (London, England) 12/2012; Vol 59(Issue 6).


It sounds like the sort of question Sherlock Holmes might ask his faithful companion: What do serial killers have in common with great white sharks, invasive species and malaria-transmitting mosquitoes?
The answer to our riddle is relatively simple - dare I say elementary? Each of these respective agents is travelling out from a central location using some kind of predictable pattern. If we can determine the pattern of the agent in question, then based on where we observe them, it is possible to estimate the most likely location for the agent’s residence.

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