A Simple Experiment

Populations, Paramecium, and Physics

  • A Simple Experiment

    November 14, 2011

    This week, my student, Justin Baraboo, and I, will try a simple experiment that may shed some light on whether or not, for Paramecium aurelia, the rate of change of the rate of changeĀ of the population is something that is important in understanding how the population changes with time. (Justin is an undergraduate physics major […]

  • Ecology and Physics

    November 3, 2011

    Suppose you are interested in the rate at which some population (bees, bacteria, people, whatever) changes as time goes by. What makes the population increase, or decrease, or stay the same, or oscillate about some value? One way ecologists study this is to make mathematical models. A typical model looks something like this: The rate […]