In Ecology many patterns at the population or community level emerge from processes, variability and interactions at the individual scale. Therefore it is increasingly acknowledged that the basic entities in many ecological models should be individuals. This is the aim of individual based modelling (or agent based models).
In this course, we present the principles of individual based modelling. We will introduce participants to NetLogo (http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/), a development environment and a domain specific computer language for individual based modelling. In lectures, we explain techniques to develop, analyse, test and document individual based simulation models. Hands on session will familiarise participants with the concepts: In small groups they will develop, implement and analyse an individual based model to answer an ecological question. Questions will be suggested by the instructors and will comprise applied (e.g. sustainable forestry) and theoretical topics. Every group will present their project and their experiences at the end of the course in a short presentation. Our intention is that after the course the participants are able to implement and analyse simple models in NetLogo.
Subscription fees varies from 465 to 865 EUR depending on the accommodation and meals options selected.