Trait-Based Eco-Evolutionary Modeling



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iDiv Leipzig, room Metamorphosis in Interim III

5-6 December, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

12 / 0.5 CP


Trait-based modeling is an increasingly popular way to incorporate diversity in ecological models and to link ecological and evolutionary dynamics. In this short course, you will learn the basics of trait-based eco-evolutionary modeling using the EcoEvo package for Mathematica.

The first day will cover necessary background concepts (invasion analysis, optimization theory) and the main concepts of adaptive dynamics in the simplest ecological context. The second (optional) day will expand this foundation by showing how complications such as structured populations, multiple guilds, multiple traits, and non-equilibrium dynamics can be incorporated in this framework.

Participants should be familiar with mathematical models using differential equations, but working experience in analyzing them is not required, nor is previous experience with Mathematica.

This course is open to all researchers at iDiv!


Prof Christopher Klausmeier

Professor of Theoretical Ecology at Michigan State University. His research interests include theoretical population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary ecology, particularly applied to microbial & aquatic systems. He is a sabbatical visitor at iDiv until 31 December 2019.

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