Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics

An Introduction into Ecological Modelling for Students, Teachers & Scientists
Cover Illustrations by Melanie Trexler
Jopp, Fred; Reuter, Hauke; Breckling, Broder (Eds.)
1st Edition., 2011, XVIII, 413 p. 131 illus., Softcover
ISBN: 978-3-642-05028-2

Due: March 2011


Dear colleagues,

MCED is a textbook presenting an overview in approaches and applications in ecological modelling. This information platform presents accompanying material and additional sources and hints. Here you find

  • news about the book and current developments concerning ecological modelling
  • further details about the MCED editors and authors
  • additional material referring to the book chapters, e.g. further updates on equations, models, tasks, literature
  • links and samples, relevant conferences.

Successively, we will provide also feedbacks, new methods,and other helpful facts. We are looking forward to your feedback!

the editors, Fred, Hauke, Broder


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.

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MCED at Springer