SS4 - Ecological modelling

Ecological modelling of freshwater ecosystems: populations, communities and species distribution

Convenors: Dr. Mira Kattwinkel1, Nele Schuwirth2, Mathias Kuemmerlen3, Sami Domisch4, Sonja Jähnig4
Affiliation: 1Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau, Fortstraße 7, 76829 Landau, Germany; 2Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, 8600 Duebendorf, Switzerland; 3Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt, Department of River Ecology and Conservation, 63571 Gelnhausen, Germany; 4Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Department of Ecosystem Research, 12489 Berlin, Germany
Contact e-mail: kattwinkel-mira@uni-landau.de, nele.schuwirth@eawag.chmathias.kuemmerlen@senckenberg.de, domisch@igb-berlin.de, sonja.jaehnig@igb-berlin.de 

Brief synopsis of the session:
Ecological models are valuable tools for investigating various research questions as well as for
supporting environmental management and risk assessment. They can help to formulate and test quantitative hypotheses about the processes driving the spatial distribution of species, patterns in biodiversity, as well as population and community dynamics. Hence, they can improve our ecological understanding by comparing model results with observed data. Furthermore, ecological models enable us to assess multiple stressors and environmental influence factors that can be linked to different management options. Their application delivers valuable information at diverse scales, from watershed management to local conservation initiatives. This session discusses current modelling approaches and applications for freshwater ecosystems with a particular emphasis on models including mechanistic or causal relationships between environmental factors and the biological entities of interest.

List of potential contributors to the session:

To be announced soon.