Ecological Modelling Laboratory

Mission

"A probable scenario for ecological modelling is that standardized objects for at least some components of ecosystems will be developed and widely distributed in a form that can be used in many different models." - Silvert W (1993), Ecological Modelling 68: 91-118.

"What modellers need is a standardized set of tools that will enable them to collaborate and share model components, pieces of well-defined software objects that can be interchanged and combined freely: Download the annual life cycle models of species A and B, combine them with soil model C and weather generator D, and set it all in the context of cropping system model E. We need a way out of modeling as a purely personal, or in the best case, small-team exercise." - Holst N (2010), Weed Science 58: 497-502.

Values

"Proprietary code has no place, neither in science where the code itself, the ecological model, is the very substance of the science, nor in politics where models form the evidence upon which policy decisions are taken." - Holst N (2013), Ecological Informatics 13: 70-76.

Activities

The lab runs an Ecological Modelling Online course every autumn. Exceptionally, in spring 2017 this course will also be held at University of Arizona. Some course alumni choose to maintain their connection to the lab, at first to finish their model, later maybe to start new modelling projects in collaboration.

You are welcome as a guest student or scientist at the lab's physical facilities at Aarhus University, Denmark. PhD students inscribed at other universities can apply for funding for a 3-months' stay. Students who hold an MSc and outstanding academic records can apply for a 3-months' Screening Grant, which covers a stay at the lab with the aim to write a PhD proposal for Aarhus University.