ST2302 Stochastic population models/MA8002 Applied Biomodelling, spring 2017

Due to the low number of students there will be no lectures this spring but the course can be taken as self study. There will be an oral exam. Date: TBA. Send an email to Jarle Tufto if you plan to take the exam.

About the course

The course deals with: exponential growth, demographic stochasticity, environmental stochasticity, density regulation, diffusion processes, age structured populations, harvesting models and viability analyses. Stochastic modeling is essential in all these subjects.


S. Engen: Stochastic population models, chapters 1-5. Exercises (see below).

In addition, interested students may want to study Lande, R., Engen, S. and Sæther, B.-E.: Stochastic Population Dynamics in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press.

Background corresponding to ST1101 (Probability and Statistics) or ST0101 and ST0201, and MA0001 and MA0002.


There will not be arranged ordinary exercise hours, but there are several excersies in the compendium you are encouraged to try to solve.

Exercises of "suitable" difficulty - Chapter 1: 1,2,5,6,7,12-18. Some suggested solutions

And from Chapter 2: 7,8,9,10.

And from Chapter 3: 1-7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21. Suggested solutions to Chapter 2 and 3

From Chapter 4: 1, (2, 3, 4, 5), 10, 16, 17

From Ch. 5: 2,5,7,8,9,16,17,18,19 (lots of calculations), 20

More solutions from Chapter 1 to Chapter 5 here.

2017-01-16, Jarle Tufto