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Theoretical Developments for Individual-Based Models

How can individual-based simulation modeling contribute to development of ecological theory? Our collaborator Volker Grimm, in his classic review ("Ten years of individual-based modeling in ecology: what have we learned and what could we learn in the future?", Ecological Modelling 115: 129-148, 1999), pointed out the need to link individual-based modeling to ecological theory. We have identified a variety of ways that individual-based simulation can contribute to theory.