FBE 616 Ecosystem Modelling

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course student should be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of how ecological systems work
  2. Develop an understanding of systems thinking
  3. Apply elementary concepts and principles in modelling including problem analysis, data requirement, conceptual models, mathematical models (consisting of algebraic and differential equations), numerical integration, model analysis, model application, interpretation of results.
  4. Develop and use mathematical formulations of some elementary (agro) ecological, chemical and physical processes.
  5. Solve simple problems by building, analyzing and applying simulation models.
  6. Apply the principles of good modelling practice including

Course Content

Concepts and principles of modelling – model systems, modelling process, qualitative model formulation, quantitative model formulation, simulation models, numerical techniques, parameter estimation, model validation, model analysis, stochastic models, and ecosystem model applications for management. Application of complex models to solve real-world problems in the domain of ecosystem sciences and management.

Required Readings

Canham C. D., Cole J. J., &. Lauenroth W. K., 2003. Models in Ecosystem Science Princeton University Press 456 pp

Haefner J.W. 1996. Modelling Biological Systems: Principles and Application. International Thomson, New York USA, 473 pp.

Recommended Readings

Hobbs R. J., Suding K. 2008. New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration. Island

Press 366 pp.

Deaton M. L. and Winebrake J. J., 2000. Dynamic Modeling of Environmental Systems.

New York: Springer 178 pp

Daniel B. Botkin and Edward A. Keller. 1995. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living

Planet. USA: Wiley. John Aber and Jerry Melillo. 2001. Terrestrial Ecosystems. 2nd

Edition. USA: Academic Press. 200 pp