Qualitative Models and Research

Using modeling to understand the ecosystem under study

Researcher #1 struggled to make a prediction using his knowledge at the beginning of the workshop: "I am struggling to predict how a fire would impact my model...there will be different sets of plants and animals taking advantage of the burned site..."



After collecting the data, analyzing the data, and discussion it's significance with others, Researcher #1 knew a lot more about the ecosystem being studied: "Contrary to my hypothesis, the data did not show any significant difference...upon closer analysis, the diversity index appears to have been deflated due to the presence of ants in a few traps...it is possible that the social behavior of ants is responsible for the high numbers..."