Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics

An Introduction into Ecological Modelling for Students, Teachers & Scientists

  • Fred Jopp
  • Hauke Reuter
  • Broder Breckling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Felix Müller, Broder Breckling, Fred Jopp, Hauke Reuter
      Pages 13-28
    3. Broder Breckling, Fred Jopp, Hauke Reuter
      Pages 29-40
  3. Modelling Techniques and Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Broder Breckling, Fred Jopp, Hauke Reuter
      Pages 43-54
    3. Broder Breckling, Fred Jopp, Hauke Reuter
      Pages 67-91
    4. Michael Sieber, Horst Malchow
      Pages 93-103
    5. Broder Breckling, Guy Pe’er, Yiannis G. Matsinos
      Pages 105-117
    6. Dagmar Söndgerath
      Pages 119-132
    7. Winfried Kurth, Dirk Lanwert
      Pages 147-161
    8. Hauke Reuter, Broder Breckling, Fred Jopp
      Pages 163-178
    9. Carsten F. Dormann
      Pages 179-196
    10. Marko Debeljak, Sašo Džeroski
      Pages 197-209
  4. Application Fields, Case Studies and Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-213
    2. Fred Jopp, Donald L. DeAngelis, Joel C. Trexler
      Pages 257-268
    3. Søren Nors Nielsen, Sven Erik Jørgensen
      Pages 269-277
    4. Fred Jopp, Donald L. DeAngelis
      Pages 291-300
  5. Integrative Approaches in Ecological Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Hauke Reuter, Fred Jopp, Broder Breckling, Christoph Lange, Gerd Weigmann
      Pages 323-340
    3. Fred Jopp, Broder Breckling, Hauke Reuter, Donald L. DeAngelis
      Pages 341-347
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-397

About this book


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.


ABM Agent-based Models Cellular Automata Cellular Automaton Complex Complexity Data Mining Dynamical Dynamics Ecological Ecology Expert-Systems Fuzzy Logic Geo-Ecology Habitat Suitability Models IBM Individual-based Model Invasion Models Landscape Ecology Landscape Management Learning how to model Leslie-Matrices Model Coupling Model Validation Modeling Modeling Concepts Modeling in Ecology Modelling Modelling Concepts Modelling in Ecology Nature Conservation ODE Ordinary-Differential Equations PDE Partial-Differential Equations Sensitivity Analysis Space in Ecology Spatially-Explicit Steady-State models Tree-Decisions Models Variabilities Variability Variables

Editors and affiliations

  • Fred Jopp
    • 1
  • Hauke Reuter
    • 2
  • Broder Breckling
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2., Ökologische ModellierungLeibniz-Zentrum für Marine TropenökologiBremenGermany
  3. 3.AG Allgemeine und Theoretische ÖkologieUniversität BremenBremenGermany

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