Dynamical Systems for Biological Modeling: An Introduction

Fred Brauer, Christopher Kribs

December 22, 2015 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 478 Pages - 220 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420066418 - CAT# C664X
Series: Advances in Applied Mathematics


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  • Addresses the needs of biology students without a strong mathematics background*, but who need to understand difference equations and differential equations (*Assumes one semester of calculus but [re]develops calculus ideas in context as needed)
  • Shows the student how to translate mathematical terms into biological concepts and vice versa so that modeling can be undertaken and results interpreted
  • Prepares the student of biology and mathematics to model basic biological systems through the development and analysis of dynamical systems
  • Includes examples along with exercises that follow them closely for practice
  • Discusses many applications in the biological sciences from population biology to epidemiology and more


Dynamical Systems for Biological Modeling: An Introduction prepares both biology and mathematics students with the understanding and techniques necessary to undertake basic modeling of biological systems. It achieves this through the development and analysis of dynamical systems.

The approach emphasizes qualitative ideas rather than explicit computations. Some technical details are necessary, but a qualitative approach emphasizing ideas is essential for understanding. The modeling approach helps students focus on essentials rather than extensive mathematical details, which is helpful for students whose primary interests are in sciences other than mathematics need or want.

The book discusses a variety of biological modeling topics, including population biology, epidemiology, immunology, intraspecies competition, harvesting, predator-prey systems, structured populations, and more.

The authors also include examples of problems with solutions and some exercises which follow the examples quite closely. In addition, problems are included which go beyond the examples, both in mathematical analysis and in the development of mathematical models for biological problems, in order to encourage deeper understanding and an eagerness to use mathematics in learning about biology.