Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution

Date: 19 March 2018 - 30 June 2018
Location: Groningen University, RSEE

Mathematical models have become an indispensable tool in ecology and evolutionary biology, to the point that aspiring scientists in these fields must have a working knowledge of basic mathematical modeling techniques. This course teaches such techniques practically from scratch, without requiring much background knowledge except elementary high school algebra and a little calculus. If successful, it will allow the students to understand papers that contain models, to develop new models to explore their own ideas, and to generate and use models for analysis and interpretation of data. Students are required to study one book chapter per week and to do several exercises for hands-on experience. Some exercises are of the pencil-and-paper variety, but others require the help of computer-aided mathematical tools such as Maple, Mathematica and/or R, which the student will learn how to use during the course. One afternoon per week, participants meet with a teacher for demonstration and discussion.

Course FrequencyOnce every two years
Intended credits6.0 ECTS
Course organisationRSEE - Research School Ecology and Evolution
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Former occurrences of this course

  • 14 March - 25 June 2016
  • 18 March - 29 June 2013
  • 17 March - June 2011

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