Ecological modelling

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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  • Comments and Opinion |

    Modern cars have an array of sensors that allow different objects to be recognized, including large and small animals. They thus have the potential to become a tool for monitoring biodiversity and improving driver safety. But to achieve this various challenges in computing, communications and privacy need to be addressed.

    • Fernando Ascensão
    • , Cristina Branquinho
    •  & Eloy Revilla
    Nature Electronics 3, 295-297
  • Comments and Opinion |

    There is an immediate need for a change in research workflows so that pre-existing knowledge is better used in designing new research. A formal assessment of the accumulated knowledge prior to research approval would reduce the waste of already limited resources caused by asking low priority questions.

    • Matthew J. Grainger
    • , Friederike C. Bolam
    • , Gavin B. Stewart
    •  & Erlend B. Nilsen
  • News and Views |

    A field test suggests that orally ingestible, spreadable vaccines to combat rabies will transmit widely among vampire bats in the wild, offering a more humane — and effective — alternative to the bat culling practiced throughout Latin America today.

    • Cara E. Brook
  • News and Views |

    Within a single species, different populations can show strikingly varied responses to climate – often attributed to genetic differences of geographically separated populations. Now an elegant analysis, weaving together modelling with large-scale empirical data, demonstrates that ecoregion explains spatial variation in climate responses of the American pika.

    • Meagan F. Oldfather