Population modeling and its role in toxicological studies

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Edited by: David J. HoffmanBarnett A. RattnerG. Allen Burton Jr., and John Cairns Jr.


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A model could be defined as any abstraction from reality that is used to provide some insight into the real system. In this discussion, we will use a more specific definition that a model is a set of rules or assumptions, expressed as mathematical equations, that describe how animals survive and reproduce, including the external factors that affect these characteristics. A model simplifies a system, retaining essential components while eliminating parts that are not of interest. ecology has a rich history of using models to gain insight into populations, often borrowing both model structures and analysis methods from demographers and engineers. Much of the development of the models has been a consequence of mathematicians and physicists seeing simple analogies between their models and patterns in natural systems. Consequently, one major application of ecological modeling has been to emphasize the analysis of dynamics of often complex models to provide insight into theoretical aspects of ecology.1

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Population modeling and its role in toxicological studies
Chapter 32
ISBN 0873715853
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher Lewis Publishers
Publisher location Boca Raton, FL
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 22 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Handbook of ecotoxicology
First page 681
Last page 702
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