Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological Theory

Two spirals of color intermingling at their bases.

The Lorenz attractor is a classic example of chaotic dynamics, an essential discipline for understanding ecological systems. (Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.)


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Spring 2001



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In this class we will critically review both classical works and recent literature on ecological theory. Emphasis will be on providing a theoretical and phenomenological foundation for the study of computational models. We will meet twice weekly for roundtable discussions.

Daniel Rothman. 12.517 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological Theory, Spring 2001. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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