Population Dispersal

Is an application of statistical models to the study of changes in populations. Models allow us to better understand how complex interactions and processes work. Modeling of dynamic interactions in nature can provide a manageable way of understanding how numbers change overtime or in relation to each other. Ecological population modeling is concerned with the changes in population size and age distribution within a population as a consequence of interactions of organisms with the physical environment, with individuals of their own species, and with organisms of other species.[1]. The world is full of interactions that range from simple to uncomfortably dynamic and many, if not all, of the earth’s processes affect human life. The earth’s processes are greatly stochastic and seem chaotic to the naked eye. However, a plethora of patterns can be noticed and are brought forth by using population modeling as a tool.[2]. Population models are used to determine maximum harvest for agriculturists, to understand the dynamics of biological invasions, and have numerous environmental conservation implications. Population models are also used to understand the spread of parasites, viruses, and disease. The realization of our dependence on environmental health has created a need to understand the dynamic interactions of the earth’s flora and fauna. Methods in population modeling have greatly improved our understanding of ecology and the natural world.

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