Bournemouth University
Individual-based Ecology
Centre for Conservation Ecology and Environmental Change

Individual-based Ecology

Individual-based ecology predicts how animal populations are affected by environmental change from an understanding of the responses to change of the individuals that comprise these populations.

This approach is founded on a thorough understanding of the behaviour and ecology of animals, and their individual responses to environmental change. Individual-based models are then used to integrate individual behaviour and produce population level predictions.

This site describes how individual-based ecology has been used to predict the responses of coastal birds to environmental change, and presents a software package that gives estuary managers a user-friendly way of modelling, and making predictions about, their own estuaries.

Individual-based Ecology Group Individual-based Ecology Group

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