12.517 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Complexity in Ecology

As taught in: Spring 2000

A food web diagram.  The diagram links several species of animals together according to which eats which.

An example of a food web diagram. (Courtesy of USGS.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Daniel Rothman

Course Highlights

This course features a complete reading list and student presentation topics in the assignments section.

Course Description

In this class we will critically review both classical works and recent literature on complexity in ecology. The emphasis will be on developing quantitative theories in the context of experimental and observational data. We will meet twice weekly for roundtable discussions.