About this Research Topic
Populations, communities, and ecosystems share common research threads, including interactions between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environment. One shared thread at each of these levels is how natural or anthropogenic change the nature of these interactions to shape patterns of abundance, temporal trend, stability, structure, connectance, diversity, and function. Understanding processes supporting the population, community, and ecosystem dynamics is vital to sound management and conservation decisions. Such decisions often require quantitative, model-based innovations that extend beyond traditional approaches.
Models in Population, Community, and Ecosystem Dynamics welcomes manuscripts that focus on implementing, using, and evaluating models, spanning approaches from conceptual models, and computer simulations to models describing and analyzing empirical data from dynamic systems. We welcome models for all significant aspects of population, community and ecosystem dynamics.
We also welcome manuscripts that focus on the theoretical basis of questions. Research published in this collection might include studies that:
• Use models (mathematical, empirical, or simulation) to describe and understand fundamental processes in population/community/ecosystem dynamics
• Present innovative approaches, including statistical packages/functions, for model development, evaluation, and communication
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Keywords: population dynamics, modeling approaches, community dynamics, ecosystem dynamics
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