1. General Model Information
Name: Simulations of Population Biology
Main medium: all
Main subject: population dynamics
Type of model: not specified
Main application: education
Keywords: population growth, multi-species interactions, selection, genetic drift, differentiation models, quantitative genetics, coevolution, teaching tool
Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
University of Minnesota
1987 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108, USA
The Populus software contains a set of simulations that we use to
teach population biology and evolutionary ecology at the University
of Minnesota. Simulation models are chosen from menus, and
students can move among the parameter boxes of an input window,
changing initial defaults to values of their own choosing. Most
modules offer several graphical outputs of model dynamics, and all
provide help screens explaining the computational algorithms.
II. Technical Information
Operating System(s): WINDOWS , MacOS and Linux/UNIX
The current Populus edition is 5.4.
Version 5.4 is a Java program for Windows systems, and also runs on Mac OS X. It includes roughly twice as many models as the preceding version 5.01, a Java implementation of the Interaction Engine and Cellular Automata from the old DOS program, and improved installation utilities. All versions are available for download at the Populus website
The Populus website, http://cbs.umn.edu/populus/ , now offers a major update of the Populus teaching software, Version 5.4, for free download. It completes the port of almost all DOS Populus models to a modern Java program, will run on any version of Windows, on Mac OS X, Linux or Unix.
Programming Language(s): Java
III. Mathematical Information
V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web
The Populus website, http://cbs.umn.edu/populus/ , now offers a major update of the Populus teaching software, Version 5.3, for free download. It completes the port of almost all DOS Populus models to a modern Java program, will run on any version of Windows, on Mac OS X, Linux or Unix.
VI. Additional remarks
Last review of this document by: Don Alstad, 3. March 2003
Status of the document:
last modified by
Joachim Benz Sat Jan 17 23:22:13 CET 2009