Summary of the first week in Angers
With a bit of a delay due to the non-working wifi, I now can give you a short summary of what we’ve done so far. As I said, the first two days were covered by the introduction into the general modelling topics. After that, we went on exploring examples of individual-based models from very different scientific fields: social-sience (we created a model about traffic jams), hydrology (rainfall and its runoff according to the topology), urban dynamics and of course biology (wolves feeding on sheep). We experimented a lot with these models. For example, the wolves became dragons, feeding on humans — unless there are enough humans to subdue the dragon.
So, we’re all doing great. Saturday was free, so we went to the beautiful town of Angers and on Sunday we visited the Loire-valley including some very good food and, of course, some wine-tasting.
For this week, we will work on our own projects. Each one of us on one out of each scientific-field. So that by friday we will have some very good results for presentation.
That’s it for now..I’ll keep you updated. Greetings from France.
After two days of introduction to the field and teaching the basal paradigms of modelling (“all models are wrong” and “complex does not mean complicated”), the group is now well prepared for passing over to the “dark side”. The next three days we’ll be introduced to the modelling platform (NetLogo) by following some application examples.
I’m very proud to take part in the EU-funded Intensive Program “Agents-based modelling for spatial processes in landscape geography” here at the university of Angers-France. Courses will start tomorrow and I will keep you up to date. Stay tuned.
1 e.g. Weblog of Timothy Gowers, Mathematician, Fields Medal laureate.
2 PolyMath Wiki A lot of links on journal publishing reform.
1 Jensen, K. et al. (2012) Optimal foraging for specific nutrients in predatory beetles, Proceedings B, online pre-print, doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2410
On behalf of the whole group - I actually didn’t ask them but simply assume they all agree - I wish all of our readers a merry and calm Christmas and a very happy and exciting year 2012. Thank you for following us during 2011, our first blogged year, and you can expect even more interesting posts in 2012. New papers will be read and written, the next conferences are not that far ahead and a lot of upcoming projects are allready knocking at the office door. Unfortunately, no one is there for the next 10 days
So, once again: have a very nice time and all the best to you and your families. (FS)
As satiric as this is meant to be: It shows intriguingly that the allometric size structure underlying food webs2 is an obvious fact. Ignoring this fact in a random model of food web structure would mean to assume food webs as described by the Onion article. However, if body size structure holds, zebras should hunt cheetas! (FDS)
1 Osprey Devours Lion In Massive Food-Chain Shake-Up The Onion, December 1, 2011 | ISSUE 47•48
2 Petchey, O.L., Beckerman, A.P., Riede, J.O. & Warren, P.H. (2008). Size, foraging, and food web structure. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 105, 4191-4196.
As it behoves for a group of geeky theoretical ecologists, working on “the dark side” of science, we just launched our own facebook page . All posts of this glorious blog will be synced there, giving you the opportunity to feedback.
We know very well that facebook is evil: X-raying our personal information, exhausting our privacy, feeding on our identity. Anyhow, we decided to take this step, because blogging is no real fun if you do not get something in return. So please feel invited to follow and comment our blog on facebook!
EcoNetLab proudly presents: Warming effects on consumption and intraspecific interference competition depend on predator metabolism a new paper by Birgit Lang and colleagues looking at how interference competition is influenced by increasing temperatures. Reading and citing strongly recommended. (FS)
1 Clever Apes #22: Paper covers rock by Gabriel Spitzer | www.wbez.org | Nov. 22, 2011
Clever Apes #22: Paper covers rock
by Gabriel Spitzer | Nov. 22, 2011
We apologize for not refreshing our weblog recently. In Göttingen and Darmstadt practical student courses use up all our creativity. And some of us are preparing manuscripts and theses. However, we did not forget posting on the blog! We are just busy. In the meantime I recommend reading the OIKOS blog by Jeremy Fox. (FDS)
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