Determining Dynamics

What have I been up to since my last post?

Well…a lot more math.  We finished calculating the sensitivities of the model with respect to each parameter: development, mortality, and birth.  These terms are dependent on temperature so then we calculated the sensitivity with respect to temperature.  Sensitivity tells you how the eigenvalues of the model change as the parameters change.  The eigenvalues are indicators of the behavior of the model.  Basically we were using the techniques we learned with the smaller models from last time to understand the dynamics of the zooplankton model. We also looked at how the parameters change over time, so that we can make connections between the sensitivities and the model’s dynamics.

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