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Complex Dynamic Cretaceous Ecosystem Modeling Bill Yu Computer Systems Lab 2010
Purpose The purpose of my research project is to create a simulation of a non- static, many-variable ecosystem According to user preferences, many desired ecosystem simulations will be able to be run In my case, I am focusing limiting the species to the dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous era
Subject / Goals The scope of my project will include hypothetical situations, which will be applicable to real-life, and possibly a real-world model Based on known facts of the dinosaurs, the user will be able to input unknown or hypothetical facts about dinosaurs and thus create a possible simulation of what could have happened on our Earth in the Cretaceous era
Expected Results I will validate success by the accuracy as represented by the common behavior of real world ecosystems For example, if there are many carnivores preying on a few herbivores, the expected results in sequence would be: 1 – Herbivores are near extinction / are extinct. 2 – Carnivores begin to die out. 3 – Grass regrows fully.
Other Research Cellular Automata Model of Macroevolution: The constant evolution of a biomass of a multi-species system A Jump-Growth Model for Predator-Prey Dynamics: Derivation and application to marine ecosystems: evolution to catch prey, equation to calculate populations Predator-Prey Model: Linear rate (Lotka-Volterra), group immunity (Kermack-McKendrick), constant uptake (Jacob- Monod), carrying maximum capacity (Logistic), self-predation (Ricker's)
Other Research Biomechanics of Running Indicates Endothermy in Bipedal Dinosaurs: Energy-size ratio, warm-blooded / endothermic dinosaurs Fossil Record of Predation in Dinosaurs: Predatory features, consumption records, chemical analyses What killed the Dinosaurs? A Great Mystery: Exploring the K-T extinction theory and the surrounding events
Usage Load the program Use sliders Toggle on/off desired functions Hit 'Setup' 'Step' for 1 iteration, 'Go' for continuous (adjusted by speed bar at the top)
Procedures / Methods Using NetLogo Accomplishing by building top-down, building simple, then advancing to more advanced functions BehaviorSpace for data storage
Timeline Q1 : Basics, predator-prey, herbivore-producer, basic predation, modeling Q2 : Dinosaur focus, narrowed late Cretaceous, predation range, additional 2 species, reproduction algorithm, prey selection algorithm, movement algorithm Q3 : Another producer, implemented more than one producer, water spots, geological dead zones, natural disasters, and eggs.
Project Testing / Problems Project testing simply consists of running the program and comparing it to the expected results, and finding inconsistencies with real-life dinosaur simulation possibilities and expected ecosystem results The NetLogo program runs almost exclusively to working programs – if it's incomplete, it can not run, instead giving an error
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