Ecological Theory OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Graduate Level Course on Ecological Theory

Published Feb 04, 2009

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Discover how ecological theory tries to explain how individual organisms interact and how that interaction can be plotted mathematically and computationally. 'Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological Theory,' offered by MIT in OpenCourseWare format, reviews classical and recent research on ecological theory with an emphasis on computational models. Students of Ecology or Environmental Science who are interested in this free graduate course should have a basic understanding of differential equations.

Ecological Theory: Course Specifics

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Ecological Theory: Course Description

'Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological Theory' is a discussion of how individual organisms interact and how to study the dynamics of that interaction through computational measurements. In this OpenCourseWare, offered by MIT's Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences, students can read about how computations of organism interactions could possibly create artificial environments. Current theories of ecology could then be used in those environments to further research theories and test predictions in this complicated science. This course reading list reviews classical and current literature on the subject and emphasizes how computational models of the interaction between organisms have advanced ecological theory. The readings were chosen by MIT professor Daniel Rothman, who taught this course in 2001.

This OpenCourseWare offers a reading list free online. If you seek to gain a broad understanding of how theories are tested and proven through computational analysis, visit the complex system dynamics and ecology course page.

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