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DEBtool specifications


Unique identifier OMICS_20704
Name DEBtool
Software type Package/Module
Interface Graphical user interface
Restrictions to use None
Operating system Unix/Linux, Windows
Programming languages MATLAB
Computer skills Medium
Stability Stable
Maintained Yes


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An Octave version is availabe at: A MATLAB version is availabe at:

DEBtool citations


Modelling southern elephant seals Mirounga leonina using an individual based model coupled with a dynamic energy budget

PLoS One
PMCID: 5875804
PMID: 29596456
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194950

[…] The transition threshold from juvenile to adult stage UHp has been changed from the DEBtool value to reduce the time it takes for an individual to become an adult. Using the original value, individuals transitioned to adult stage at around 15 years of age as opposed to the expected a […]


A Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) model to describe Laternula elliptica (King, 1832) seasonal feeding and metabolism

PLoS One
PMCID: 5574559
PMID: 28850607
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183848

[…] directly from empirical observations is very limited [,]. The covariation method was used for further estimation of the DEB model parameters [,] applied with MATLABĀ® (2015a) using the toolbox package DEBtool (available at DEB models combine different mechanisms and principles to describe all the processes during the life cycle of an organism []. The c […]


Parameter Estimations of Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Model over the Life History of a Key Antarctic Species: The Antarctic Sea Star Odontaster validus Koehler, 1906

PLoS One
PMCID: 4599733
PMID: 26451918
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140078

[…] ess and increase the success of parameter estimation [,].We used the covariation method for further estimation of the DEB model parameters [,], estimated with MATLABĀ® 2014b using the software package DEBtool (available at The covariation method links the parameters to experimental and field observations of different life stages and approximates the pa […]


A Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Model for the Keystone Predator Pisaster ochraceus

PLoS One
PMCID: 4148243
PMID: 25166351
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104658

[…] The DEB parameter values for Pisaster were estimated by the covariation method , implemented in the MATLAB 2010 software package DEBtool (available at, which employs a Nelder-Mead numerical optimization to minimize the difference between observed and predicted values based on a weig […]


A Full Lifecycle Bioenergetic Model for Bluefin Tuna

PLoS One
PMCID: 3133599
PMID: 21779352
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0021903

[…] maternal effect requirement; a method to calculate initial energy reserve of an egg is thoroughly described in literature , . We use a numerical implementation of this method, available freely in the DEBtool software package .Since our model specifies the complete life cycle of PBT, it must also account for extraordinary acceleration of growth rate during the larval stage . A similar problem is tr […]


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