ST2302 - Stochastic Population Models


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Muntlig eksamen 100/100

Course content

Modelling of natural populations as stochastic processes. Multiplicative models. Stochastic
growth rates. Environmental stochasticity. Demographic stochasticity. Density regulation.
Diffusion processes. Stationary distributions. Quasi-stationary distributions. Extinction processes. Age structured populations. Applications in ecology and population genetics with
emphasis on conservation of biodiversity.

Learning outcome

1. Knowledge. The student has learned basic population dynamics, including different applications of the concept of probability in population dynamics. The student can solve problems
related to modern research in ecology and conservation biology based on stochastic modelling. In particular the student knows how to perform viability analyses in populations with
no density regulation, including predictions by stochastic simulations when parameters are
2. Skills. The student can read literature in population dynamics and communicate with
biologists on construction of stochastic models in this field. The student can also formulate
stochastic models by the diffusion approximation and perform simple analytical and some
more complex numerical computations by diffusion theory. The student can further perform
simple analyses using stochastic age structured population models.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. An oral final examination is the basis for the grade awarded in the course. The
lectures may be given in English.

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the course.


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Muntlig eksamen 100/100
Summer KONT Muntlig eksamen 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.