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© 2014

Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems

Textbook

Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 3-28
    3. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 29-40
    4. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 41-46
    5. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 47-57
    6. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 59-62
  3. Physical and Biochemical Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 65-68
    3. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 69-73
    4. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 75-79
    5. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 81-84
    6. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 85-89
    7. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 91-95
  4. Genetics Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 99-103
    3. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 105-118
    4. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 119-129
  5. Models of Organisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth
      Pages 133-135

About this book

Introduction

Many biologists and ecologists have developed models that find widespread use in theoretical investigations and in applications to organism behavior, disease control, population and metapopulation theory, ecosystem dynamics, and environmental management.  This book captures and extends the process of model development by concentrating on the dynamic aspects of these processes and by providing tools that virtually anyone with basic knowledge in the Life Sciences can use to develop meaningful dynamic models.  Examples of the systems modeled in the book range from models of cell development, the beating heart, the growth and spread of insects, spatial competition and extinction, to the spread and control of epidemics, including the conditions for the development of chaos. 

Key Features

·         Easy-to-learn and easy-to-use software

·         Includes examples from many subdisciplines of biology, covering models of cells, organisms, populations, and metapopulations

·         No prior computer or programming experience required

Key Benefits

·         Learn how to develop modeling skills and system thinking on your own rather than use models developed by others

·         Easily run models under alternative assumptions and investigate the implications of these assumptions for the dynamics of the biological system being modeled

·  Develop skills to assess the dynamics of biological systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

About the authors

Dr. Matthias Ruth is a full professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University.

Dr. Bruce Hannon is Jubilee Professor (Emeritus) of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“I found this book to be a delightful introduction to symbolic programming using STELLA. … I would recommend this text to a reader interested in model development using symbolic programming tasks.” (Megan Sawyer, MAA Reviews, October, 2015)