Foundations of stochastic development Academic Article uri icon


  • A consistent mathematical theory of stochastic poikilotherm development has been derived based upon a minimum set of biological assumptions obtained from the literature. In the subsequent analysis, the resulting developmental rate can be justifiably represented as a random variable. Three cases are considered: (1) developmental rates dependent only on temperature, (2) rates dependent on both temperature and age, and (3) rates dependent on a general function of temperature and time. The analysis provides a mathematical foundation for the current practice of superimposing a probability distribution function on a biological time scale to describe the development of individuals from a population. © 1978.

author list (cited authors)

  • Curry, G. L., Feldman, R. M., & Sharpe, P.

citation count

  • 70

publication date

  • October 1978