1. General Model Information

Name: Simulations of Population Biology

Acronym: POPULUS


Main medium: all
Main subject: population dynamics
Organization level:
Type of model: not specified
Main application: education
Keywords: population growth, multi-species interactions, selection, genetic drift, differentiation models, quantitative genetics, coevolution, teaching tool

Contact:

Don Alstad
Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
University of Minnesota
1987 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108, USA

Phone: 612-624-6748
Fax:
email: dna@umn.edu

Author(s):

Alstad,Donald N.

Abstract:

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.

SOURCE: http://cbs.umn.edu/populus/


II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

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
Download

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.

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): Java

II.3 Manuals:



II.4 Data:



III. Mathematical Information


III.1 Mathematics


III.2 Quantities


III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output


IV. References



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

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