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DEB theory

The Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory unifies the commonalities between organisms as prescribed by the implications of energetics, which links different levels of biological organisation (cells, organisms and populations). The theory presents simple mechanistic rules that describe the uptake and use of energy and nutrients (substrates, food, light) and the consequences for physiological organisation throughout an organism's life cycle, including the relationships of energetics with aging and effects of toxicants. All living organisms are covered in a single quantitative framework, the predictions of which are tested against a wide variety of experimental results at the various levels of biological organisation. The theory explains many general observations, such as the body size scaling relationships of certain physiological traits, and provides a theoretical underpinning to the widely used method of indirect calorimetry.

Upcoming events and courses

If you consider a possible participation in an up-coming DEB course, which is not open yet for registration, for yourself or persons working with you, we suggest that you complete the form for expressing your interest without any obligations; you will receive an email when the registration opens.

Event Location Dates
debX Online 2018/Feb/19 - Mar/12 A 5-week course (MOOC) providing a framework for modelling metabolism at the organism level, covering the full life-cycle, using the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Theory.
TKTD summerschool 'DynModTox' Copenhagen, Denmark 2018/Aug/13-23 (date subject to change) Learning the basics of toxicokinetic (TK) and toxicodynamic (TD) modelling, how they can be linked and how to analyse and interpret body residue and toxicity data on a mechanistic basis.
DEB2019: Tele-course Online 2019/Jan-Feb (date to be announced) 10th edition of the DEB tele-course. Focus is on chapters 1-4 of the DEB-book, which deal with the principles of the theory and (the simplest) univariate DEB models.
DEB2019: Practical course & Symposium Brest, France 2019/Apr: 1-6 & 8-9 & 10-12 Practical DEB course (a continuation of the tele-course, including practical exercises). The course is followed by 2-day DEB workshops, and the 6th international symposium! Previous editions.

See here for all events


For a quick start on DEB theory go to the DEB theory Introduction page.


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DEBnet is a network of DEB experts in a wide range of fields: Aquaculture, Mathematics, Ecotoxicology, Economics, Ecology ...


Add-my-pet is akin to an online library, but with added features. It contains referenced data, implied properties of species, and DEB parameter estimates and code for obtaining them.

Most useful links:

  • The wiki style AmP manual. For getting acquainted with the terminology in the collection, data types, parameter estimation, description of model types etc. Includes a short refresher on DEB as well.
  • AmPtool description. This page describes how to use AmPtool for analysis of data. AmPtool contains Matlab functions for analysis of patterns in (functions of) parameter values of the Add-my-Pet collection. It is an extension of DEBtool_M and makes frequent use of it.


For supporting material for the DEB book, access to software package DEBtool and data libraries go to the DEBlab

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DEBtool Manual

DEBtool is a software package that can be used to illustrate some implications of the Dynamic Energy Budget theory and to apply this theory in the analysis of eco-physiological data. Download the latest version from GitHub.