Evolutionary ecologyin silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding 'generic' trends?

Debashish Chowdhury, Dietrich Stauffer
2005 Journal of Biosciences  
Motivated by the results of recent laboratory experiments, as well as many earlier field observations, that evolutionary changes can take place in ecosystems over relatively short ecological time scales, several 'unified' mathematical models of evolutionary ecology have been developed over the last few years with the aim of describing the statistical properties of data related to the evolution of ecosystems. Moreover, because of the availability of sufficiently fast computers, it has become
more » ... ible to carry out detailed computer simulations of these models. For the sake of completeness and to put these recent developments in perspective, we begin with a brief summary of some older models of ecological phenomena and evolutionary processes. However, the main aim of this article is to review critically these 'unified' models, particularly those published in the physics literature, in simple language that makes the new theories accessible to a wider audience. Evolutionary ecology in silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding 'generic' trends?; J. Biosci. 30 [277][278][279][280][281][282][283][284][285][286][287]
doi:10.1007/bf02703709 pmid:15886463 fatcat:lp6gtuoqcbb47map6o552yanu4