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In our modeling tasks, we basically distinguish between:

1.) Classical population models (Top-Down-Approach)

These models deal with predictions and analysis of population dynamics. This could concern one single species or several species that compete for a certain resource or species that build up a certain food-web (e.g. predator-prey-models).

In these models, all individuals could be situated in a specific environment (spatial environmental models) or individuals can differ significantly due to their ages or sexes (structured population models).

A special case in population modeling is the modeling of eusocial insect colonies. This is due to some specialties these species provide. Therefore we created a whole section of models denoted to this topic here.

2.) Behavioral models (Bottom-Up-Approach)

In these models, the behavior of single individuals are modeled explicitly. After that, a set (sometimes thousands) of these modeled individuals are combined together in simulation experiments to research aspects of self-organization and self-regulation. As most other pages on this site deal with this group of models, we do not further describe them here.

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