How dynamic energy budget theory can help your research

ISEM 2019, Salzburg, Austria
Facilitators: Tin Klanjscek, Roger M. Nisbet, Marko Jusup

Energy is the currency of life. Dynamic energy budget (DEB) theory describes how individuals budget that currency, thus enabling predictions of growth and reproduction as functions of environmental conditions such as food availability, temperature, salinity, and toxic exposure. This makes DEB extremely useful as an exploratory and explanatory tool in ecology and evolution. With more than 1800 species described with DEB models, rapid advances in theory, and straightforward integration with both ecotoxicological and population models, DEB is able to tackle an ever-increasing number of problems.

We aim to (i) give a short overview of DEB theory and how it helped answer questions in ecology and evolution, and (ii) discuss crowd-sourced potential applications of DEB theory. We ask course participants to submit actual problems that they feel may benefit from a discussion, and we will aim to show how DEB theory could help.

Date: October, 2019Venue: Salzburg Congress Centre
9:00-10:30Introduction to DEB and uses in ecology
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-11:45Discussion (crowd-sourced case studies)
11:45-12:00Break
12:00-13:00Discussion (crowd-sourced case studies)

Layout of Course:

  1. Introduction
    1. standard DEB model
    2. DEB in ecotoxicology
    3. DEB-based population dynamics
    4. tools for DEB modelling
  2. Discussion sessions

Workshop participants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to send a problem they might want to discuss during the workshop at least two weeks prior to the workshop, so facilitators can choose the discussion topics with the widest appeal and prepare for discussion. If too few problems are crowd-sourced, facilitators will discuss their own case studies to showcase uses of DEB. Basic knowledge of ecological modelling is required, no experience in DEB is necessary.

Basic overview of DEB theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_energy_budget_theory

In-depth source on all things DEB: https://www.bio.vu.nl/thb/deb/deblab

Overviews of DEB from various perspectives:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2016.09.001
https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2007.2230
https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2656.2000.00448.x