Process, correlation and parameter fitting in species distribution models: a response to Kriticos et al.

Last year, I blogged about “Correlation and process in species distribution models: bridging a dichotomy”, a paper that we published in a recent special issue of the Journal of Biogeography. Broadly speaking, the paper discusses properties and issues around different approaches to modeling species distributions, with a focus on the extent to which those models…

Mechanistic vs. phenomenological descriptions of nature

A few days ago, I came across a very interesting post on “Mechanistic models: what is the value of understanding?” by Amy Hurford on her Just Simple Enough: The Art of Mathematical Modelling blog. The post discusses the old, but for me still somewhat unresolved question of the relationship / definition / statistical treatment /…