Mathematical Modeling and Conservation

Formal models are indispensable tools in natural resource management and in conservation biology. Explicit modeling can be a helpful tool for studying these systems, communicating across disciplines, and integrating varying viewpoints of numerous stakeholders. This module demonstrates how to explicitly construct models as alternative representations to help interpret and understand nature. Through a synthesis and two exercises, it describes the general context of scientific modeling (i.e., use and types of models), and allows students to practice building a model by evaluating the relationship between rabbit and fox population dynamics - from stating the problem, constructing a dynamic hypothesis, and formulating and testing the model.

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Modelación Matemática y Conservación (Spanish)

See also:
Species Distribution Modeling for Conservation Educators and Practitioners

Theme: Conservation Management

Language: English

Region: Global

Keywords: modeling, management, stakeholders, data analysis

Components: 7

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Synthesis: Mathematical Modeling and Conservation

Author: M. Equihua, O. Perez-Maqueo

   

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Exercise: Modeling Predator-Prey Relationships

Author: M. Equihua, O. Perez-Maqueo

   

Exercise: Modeling in a Spreadsheet

Author: M. Equihua, O. Perez-Maqueo

   

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Presentation: Mathematical Modeling and Conservation

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Author: M. Equihua, O. Perez-Maqueo

Teaching Notes: Mathematical Modeling and Conservation

Author: M. Equihua, O. Perez-Maqueo

Solutions: Modeling Predator-Prey Relationships

Author: M. Equihua, O. Perez-Maqueo

Solutions: Modeling in a Spreadsheet

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