2011 Complexity and Modeling Program

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Please complete the following before the start of the program

1. Registration Form
2. Release of Liability Form
3. Payment


David H. Black, Jr. Ph.D.
Ecology and Environmental Science
Groton School
P.O. Box 991
Groton, Massachusetts01450
(978) 877 2134

Juniper Lovato
Education and Outreach
Santa Fe Institute
Work: (505) 946-2726
Cell: (505) 603-2215


You will be provided with housing and meals for the duration of the program. You will be housed in a dormitory at Groton School, 282 Farmers Row, P.O. Box 991, Groton, Massachusetts 01450. Telephone: (978) 448-7510. Visit the Groton School Website to view the campus.

Please plan to arrive no later than 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 9 and to depart on Saturday, July 23rd. Please note that housing is not available before or after these dates.


Most days will begin with breakfast at 8:00am, followed by a field activity, collecting data to be used in the modeling program. Participants will then move into the classroom where they will explore different approaches to the study of complexity, bringing agent-based modeling and other techniques into play. A long lunch will then be followed by another two to three hours of ecological study and computer modeling. Weather permitting, there will then be some time for swimming in the pool, playing Frisbee on the fields or quietly reading in the shade. We will gather for dinner at about 6:00pm, and the evenings will be spent quietly working on projects in the dormitory or classroom, watching TV, reading, or talking about mathematics, college and life with our Resident Advisors and staff.

The routine will be broken by short excursions to nearby conservation areas, the occasional morning to sleep in and a trip to the movies to escape the calm of the campus.


The closest major airport to Groton School is Logan International Airport in Boston Massachusetts. Please arrange to arrive between 12:00 and 4:00 pm. Later arrivals can be accommodated; however there will be an extra charge for transportation to Groton. A shuttle will be arranged to pick up students from the airport and drop them off at Groton School. We will have program staff at the airport to collect participants and oversee the transportation to campus.


A shuttle will depart from Groton at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 23rd, arriving at Logan by 11:00 am. Flights should not be scheduled for departure prior to 12 noon on Saturday. Earlier transport can be arranged if necessary, however participants will be responsible for the payment for the earlier transportation.


1. Laptop (if you have one) power cord and/or adapter
2. Clothing that can be layered including a rain coat
3. Socks
4. Pajamas
5. Hiking Shoes or Sneakers
6. Sandals
7. Hat
8. Swimming Suit
9. Swimming Goggles
10. Sunscreen
11. Insect Repellent
12. Sunglasses
13. Water Bottle
14. Notebook
15. Pencils or Pens
16. Small Electric Fan
17. Toiletries
18. Clock
19. Towels
20. Any Prescription medications that you may need during the program
21. Camera
22. Linens and a Blanket or Sleeping Bag

While the program fees are inclusive of all meals and lodging, participants should bring a small amount of spending money to cover the costs of a trip to the movies, purchase snacks during trips to town and other small items. An amount of $50 would be sufficient for this. Note: please do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables.

1. Illegal Drugs
2. Alcohol
3. Firearms
4. Weapons of any sort
5. Matches and Lighters
6. Tobacco Products
7. Valuables or large amount of cash
8. Fireworks
9. Non-prescription medication
10. Anything else that would be considered inappropriate

ABOUT GROTON: Groton is a small town located in the northwestern Middlesex County of Massachusetts with a population of 10,646. Weather in Groton in July will be warm with a possibility of rain. Be sure to bring clothing that can be layered. For more information about Groton visit

By registering for the program, you agree to meet the following program requirements: 1) attend all lectures; 2) participate fully in exercises and fulfill all related assignments and deadlines; 3) complete all surveys administered by SFI related to the CAMP. Students are expected to follow the rules of the program, established to promote a healthy atmosphere in the dormitory and at all other times. Students are expected to be in their dormitory by 9:00 pm and in their rooms by 10:30 pm, and should not leave the dormitory before 6:30 am. Drinking of the use of illegal drugs, curfew violation, stealing, or hazing or bullying of other participants will result in a participant’s dismissal from the program. Participants dismissed from the program will not be allowed to remain on campus and any costs associated with an early return are the responsibility of the participant’s family. Participants who do not meet these requirements may be asked to leave the program at the discretion of the director.