Linear dynamic ecosystems

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An economic analogy for ecosystems analysis is proposed. Adapting static and dynamic input-output theory to model the energy flowing through ecosystems allows some unusual insights. For example, the total system energy input needed to produce a top carnivore can be calculated by slightly perturbing the steady state (static modeling) or by a dynamic model. The results are quite different. If the ecosystem is not preconditioned by a specific set of controlled flows, the response of the dynamic model to a perturbation is unstable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-110
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 7 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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