Modelling Nutritional Interactions: From Individuals to Communities

Trends Ecol Evol. 2010 Jan;25(1):53-60. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2009.06.012. Epub 2009 Aug 13.


Nutrient acquisition is a major context for ecological interactions among species but ecologists and nutritionists have developed theory in isolation from each other. Developments in agent-based modelling, state-space modelling of nutrition and multi-scale modelling of landscape ecology provide the components for a new synthesis in nutritional ecology linking the nutritional biology of individual organisms to population- and community-level processes across multiple scales within an evolutionary context. We review the core elements for such a synthesis and set out the principles for a generic modelling framework that could be used to test specific ecological hypotheses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Animals
  • Food Chain*
  • Models, Biological*