Ecological modelling

Definition

Ecological modelling is the construction and analysis of mathematical models of ecological processes, including both purely biological and combined biophysical models. Models can be analytic or simulation-based and are used to understand complex ecological processes and predict how real ecosystems might change.

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    • Vitor H. F. Gomes
    • , Stéphanie D. IJff
    • , Niels Raes
    • , Iêda Leão Amaral
    • , Rafael P. Salomão
    • , Luiz de Souza Coelho
    • , Francisca Dionízia de Almeida Matos
    • , Carolina V. Castilho
    • , Diogenes de Andrade Lima Filho
    • , Dairon Cárdenas López
    • , Juan Ernesto Guevara
    • , William E. Magnusson
    • , Oliver L. Phillips
    • , Florian Wittmann
    • , Marcelo de Jesus Veiga Carim
    • , Maria Pires Martins
    • , Mariana Victória Irume
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    • , Jean-François Molino
    • , Olaf S. Bánki
    • , José Renan da Silva Guimarães
    • , Nigel C. A. Pitman
    • , Maria Teresa Fernandez Piedade
    • , Abel Monteagudo Mendoza
    • , Bruno Garcia Luize
    • , Eduardo Martins Venticinque
    • , Evlyn Márcia Moraes de Leão Novo
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    • , Thiago Sanna Freire Silva
    • , Angelo Gilberto Manzatto
    • , John Terborgh
    • , Neidiane Farias Costa Reis
    • , Juan Carlos Montero
    • , Katia Regina Casula
    • , Beatriz S. Marimon
    • , Ben-Hur Marimon
    • , Euridice N. Honorio Coronado
    • , Ted R. Feldpausch
    • , Alvaro Duque
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    • , Diego Felipe Correa
    • , Emilio Vilanova Torre
    • , Geertje van der Heijden
    • , Hirma Ramirez-Angulo
    • , José Ferreira Ramos
    • , Kenneth R. Young
    • , Maira Rocha
    • , Marcelo Trindade Nascimento
    • , Maria Natalia Umaña Medina
    • , Milton Tirado
    • , Ophelia Wang
    • , Rodrigo Sierra
    • , Armando Torres-Lezama
    • , Casimiro Mendoza
    • , Cid Ferreira
    • , Cláudia Baider
    • , Daniel Villarroel
    • , Henrik Balslev
    • , Italo Mesones
    • , Ligia Estela Urrego Giraldo
    • , Luisa Fernanda Casas
    • , Manuel Augusto Ahuite Reategui
    • , Reynaldo Linares-Palomino
    • , Roderick Zagt
    • , Sasha Cárdenas
    • , William Farfan-Rios
    • , Adeilza Felipe Sampaio
    • , Daniela Pauletto
    • , Elvis H. Valderrama Sandoval
    • , Freddy Ramirez Arevalo
    • , Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco
    • , Karina Garcia-Cabrera
    • , Lionel Hernandez
    • , Luis Valenzuela Gamarra
    • , Miguel N. Alexiades
    • , Susamar Pansini
    • , Walter Palacios Cuenca
    • , William Milliken
    • , Joana Ricardo
    • , Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez
    • , Edwin Pos
    •  & Hans ter Steege
  • Research |

    A meta-analysis and field data show that frequent fires in savannas and broadleaf forests decrease soil carbon and nitrogen over many decades; modelling shows that nitrogen loss drives carbon loss by reducing net primary productivity.

    • Adam F. A. Pellegrini
    • , Anders Ahlström
    • , Sarah E. Hobbie
    • , Peter B. Reich
    • , Lars P. Nieradzik
    • , A. Carla Staver
    • , Bryant C. Scharenbroch
    • , Ari Jumpponen
    • , William R. L. Anderegg
    • , James T. Randerson
    •  & Robert B. Jackson
    Nature 553, 194–198

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    Technological innovations have allowed exponential growth in the human population and economy, but can it continue? A new model combining population, culture, and innovation projects possible futures for humanity.

    • Joseph Robert Burger
  • News and Views |

    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
  • Comments and Opinion |

    In 2018 technologies on the International Space Station will provide 1 year of synchronous observations of ecosystem composition, structure and function. We discuss these instruments and how they can be used to constrain global models and improve our understanding of the current state of terrestrial ecosystems. Author Correction (05 September 2017)

    • E. Natasha Stavros
    • , David Schimel
    • , Ryan Pavlick
    • , Shawn Serbin
    • , Abigail Swann
    • , Laura Duncanson
    • , Joshua B. Fisher
    • , Fabian Fassnacht
    • , Susan Ustin
    • , Ralph Dubayah
    • , Anna Schweiger
    •  & Paul Wennberg
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    A tribute to Ilkka Hanski. Empirical data modelling shows that molecular variation at a candidate gene within populations has consequences for metapopulation size and persistence.

    • Michel Baguette
    • , Radika Michniewicz
    •  & Virginie M. Stevens