Theoretical ecology

Theoretical ecology is the use of conceptual, mathematical and computational methods to address ecological problems. It uses idealised representations of ecological systems, often parameterised with real data, to investigate issues that are often intractable to experimental or observational investigation.

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    Behind pressing scientific questions of sustainability, unexplored areas of theoretical and mathematical knowledge await discovery. A fresh take on the notion of resilience provides a glimpse of what to expect.

    • Axel G. Rossberg
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    Several recent theoretical studies develop tools to predict species diversity in large model ecosystems, setting a new benchmark for understanding the mechanism of species coexistence in natural ecosystems.

    • Shaopeng Wang
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    Across land, air and water, larger animals are generally faster, but only up to a certain point. A new study provides a unifying explanation for why this might be so.

    • Christofer J. Clemente
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    Feedbacks between biological and economic systems can lead to persistent poverty traps for the world’s rural poor. A combination of economic, ecological and epidemiological modelling helps unravel how these feedbacks and traps occur.

    • Chris Desmond