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Stochasticity and variabilityFor almost all topics so far we
have emphasized determinsitic ideas and appraoches. Yet,
stochasticity is widespread a -- a question is how important? And
what are the methods that need to be used? We will go carefully
trhough a single paper that has many useful indeas -- so take a look at
the supplement as well.
Our goal will be to define various kinds
of stochastic influences, and see how they affect dynamics. We
will also indicate how to develop classes of models that incorporate
It is important to ntoe that recent advances in
statistical approaches to ecological questions depend critically on
well formulated stochastic models.
* means required reading
entries in The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology with stochasticity
in the title are all very well written and worth reading -- they are
lsited as Stochasiticy, XXX
* Melbourne, B.A. and Hastings, A. (2008) Extinction risk depends strongly on factors
contributing to stochasticity. Nature 454:100-103.