Selection of models of invasive species dynamics

TitleSelection of models of invasive species dynamics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsPeters DC
JournalWeed Technology
Date PublishedAugust 1, 2004
Accession NumberJRN00420
ARIS Log Number161842
Keywordsbiotic, dynamics, environmental, invasive, landscape, Nonspatial models, spatially explicit models, spatially implicit models.

Mathematical and process-based simulation models are powerful tools for synthesizing information about invasive species. However, there are a number of different types of models, ranging from simple to complex that can be selected for any given application. In this article, a model classification framework of three types of models is applied to studies of invasive species that allows the objective selection of a model type on the basis of its ability to capture key processes and dynamics, yet minimize the errors in prediction. Model selection is illustrated using a series of increasingly complex models.