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Information about "DEBkiss"

This page contains information about the e-book on DEBkiss entitled:"DEBkiss. A simple framework for animal energy budgets" The book is a reformatted, reshuffled and extended version of our paper in JTB, including its supporting information. As DEBkiss continues to evolve and expand, I need a place to document the progress and collect additional modules and ideas. The first version of this book was made available on May 18, 2014.
The book is offered through the Leanpub publishing framework. It can still be downloaded for free, but you also have the option to pay for it. Please consider this option, for it will allow me to dedicate time and effort to updating this e-book, and writing new ones.

Download the e-book from Leanpub (version 1.5 of 6 December 2016, PDF) or check out the first 10 pages here.

   Check the version log for changes relative to the previous version.

   A list of DEBkiss applications can be found over here.

Note 1: if you are new to energy budgets it is good to get to grips with the underlying concepts first. That is dealt with in way more detail in the "Making sense of chemical stress" e-book. If you are not interested in toxicant effects, focus on Chapters 1, 2 and 5 of that book.
Note 2: This e-book's contents are not so crystallised as the "Making sense" e-book. Especially Chapter 4-6 are more background than reading material. However, I still think it is important to make this material available at this point, and I hope to be able to polish and embellish the text in the near future.

How do I refer to the book?

Please refer to the Leanpub page ( with the version of the PDF. For more specific citations, you could refer to the published papers in the open literature, such as:
  • Jager T, Martin BT, Zimmer EI (2013). DEBkiss or the quest for the simplest generic model of animal life history. Journal of Theoretical Biology 328:9-18. DOI 10.1016/j.jtbi.2013.03.011 (simplified DEBkiss model)

Where can I find software to do 'DEBkiss' analysis?

Matlab-based software packages are offered on the BYOM pages.

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