Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics

An Introduction into Ecological Modelling for Students, Teachers & Scientists

Editors: Jopp, Fred, Reuter, Hauke, Breckling, Broder (Eds.)

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of methods, approaches and applications of modelling in ecology
  • Includes cases from different parts of the world
  • Leading specialists explore different biomes and explore their interaction of different types of organisms
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About this Textbook

Model development is of vital importance for understanding and management of ecological processes. Identifying the complex relationships between ecological patterns and processes is a crucial task. Ecological modelling—both qualitatively and quantitatively—plays a vital role in analysing ecological phenomena and for ecological theory. This textbook provides a unique overview of modelling approaches. Representing the state-of-the-art in modern ecology, it shows how to construct and work with various different model types. It introduces the background of each approach and its application in ecology. Differential equations, matrix approaches, individual-based models and many other relevant modelling techniques are explained and demonstrated with their use. The authors provide links to software tools and course materials. With chapters written by leading specialists, “Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics” is an essential contribution to expand the qualification of students, teachers and scientists alike.

About the authors

Editors: Fred Jopp (University of Miami, USA) Hauke Reuter (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany) Broder Breckling (University of Bremen, Germany) Authors: Esther M. Borell (The Interuniversity Institute (IUI) for Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel) Broder Breckling (University of Bremen, Germany) Donald L DeAngelis (University of Miami, USA) Marko Debeljak (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Carsten F. Dormann (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany) Saso Dzeroski (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Alejandro Gallego (Marine Scotland, Aberdeen, UK) Robert H. Gardner (University of Maryland, Frostburg, USA) Aurélie Garnier (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Nantes, France) Fred Jopp (University of Miami, USA) Sven Erik Jørgensen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Dietmar Kraft (University of Oldenburg, Germany) Andreas Kubicek (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany) Winfried Kurth (University of Göttingen, Germany) Christoph Lange (Fraunhofer MEVIS, Bremen, Germany) Dirk Lanwert (University of Göttingen, Germany) Jane Lecomte (Université Paris-Sud 11, France) Horst Malchow (University of Osnabrück, Germany) Agnese Marchini (University of Pavia, Italy) Yiannis G Matsinos (University of the Aegean, Grecce) Felix Müller (University of Kiel, Germany) Søren Nors Nielsen (Copenhagen, Denmark) Guy Pe'er (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germny) Hauke Reuter (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany) Michael Sieber (University of Osnabrück, Germany) Dagmar Söndgerath (TU Braunschweig, Germany) Marc Taylor (Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany) Joel C. Trexler (Florida International University, Miami, USA) Gerd Weigmann (FU Berlin, Germany) Matthias Wolff (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany)

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book is an edited collection of short chapters describing the variety and uses of mathematical models. Chapter authors … present a diversity of perspectives on modeling. … it is an overview of the purposes and types of models. … more valuable for those already familiar with one type of modeling who want to develop a broader understanding of ecological models. Summing Up … . Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals.” (M. P. Gustafson, Choice, Vol. 49 (6), February, 2012)

“Comprehensive knowledge in ecological modelling is thus essential in modern ecology and the edited textbook ‘Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics’ (MCED) provides an excellent overview on the development and the state-of-the-art in this wide scientific field that goes far beyond classic or simple method application. … a must read for graduate students, teachers and scientists in ecology.” (Rainer Waldhardt, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 13 (5), August, 2012)


Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Backgrounds and Scope of Ecological Modelling: Between Intellectual Adventure and Scientific Routine

    Breckling, Broder (et al.)

    Pages 3-12

  • What Are the General Conditions Under Which Ecological Models Can be Applied?

    Müller, Felix (et al.)

    Pages 13-28

  • Historical Background of Ecological Modelling and Its Importance for Modern Ecology

    Breckling, Broder (et al.)

    Pages 29-40

  • System Analysis and Context Assessment

    Breckling, Broder (et al.)

    Pages 43-54

  • Steady State Models of Ecological Systems: EcoPath Approach to Mass-Balanced System Descriptions

    Wolff, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 55-66

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eBook $39.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics
Book Subtitle
An Introduction into Ecological Modelling for Students, Teachers & Scientists
Editors
  • Fred Jopp
  • Hauke Reuter
  • Broder Breckling
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-05029-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-05029-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-05028-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 397
Number of Illustrations and Tables
131 b/w illustrations
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