A two week Brown-MBL course, “ENVS 2680 Ecosystem Modeling for Non-Programmers” was taught by MBL Senior Scientist, Dr. Ed Rastetter, to Brown University graduate and undergraduate students between January 6th- Jan 17th 2014 at MBL in Woods Hole. The two week hands-on course introduced five students to the uses and construction of ecosystem models.
Ecology is a relatively young science that grew from the largely descriptive discipline of Natural History. As the science has matured, it has begun to develop a firm quantitative foundation. For the most part, this foundation has been statistical (regression, correlation, analysis of variance, and ordination). The purpose of this course was to introduce the students to the other component of this quantitative foundation – dynamic simulation modeling of ecological processes.
The students will use what they learned in the two week intensive class and over the course of the semester to develop their own simulation model of an ecosystem. The model will be completed by the end of the term.
The course is usually offered every two years. For more information on the course view the following link: ENVS 2680 modeling course and schedule-1