Source: Dan Hawkes
Earlier this month (August 2014) ESD’s Jinyun Tang received honorable mention for the Gene E. Likens Junior Scientist (early-career) Outstanding Publication award. The paper for which Tang won the award was published last year in Biogeosciences (with ESD colleague Bill Riley as co-author). In this paper (see citation below), they challenge the classic, 100-year-old mathematical representation, the so-called Michaelis-Menten (or MM) kinetics, finding it unsuitable for modeling resource competition in donor-recipient networks. Instead, they propose an “equilibrium chemistry” approach to solve the problem and develop analytic “equilibrium chemistry approximation kinetics” for easy applications. Their work solves a group of similar problems that have spread within various subfields of ecology and biogeochemical modeling.
To read more go to: http://www.biogeosciences.net/10/8329/2013/bg-10-8329-2013.pdf
Citation: Tang, J. Y. and Riley, W. J.: A total quasi-steady-state formulation of substrate uptake kinetics in complex networks and an example application to microbial litter decomposition, Biogeosciences, 10, 8329-8351, doi: 10.5194/bg-10-8329-2013, 2013.