Author

Ryan T. Webb

Date of Award

4-22-2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Mathematics

First Advisor

Dr. Gary R. Greenfield

Abstract

Our goal is to create a simulation platform for the study of ecological niching that can be extended to suit the needs of biological research. Ecological niching and the accompanying evolutionary process of speciation are difficult to observe in situ, which makes them prime candidates for study via the methods of computer simulation. To this end, we have created an interactive, real-time ecosystem simulation based on the standard predator/prey interaction model, in which interacting populations of organisms exhibit swarming behavior. We hope to provide the basic simulation components necessary to bring about niching and speciation, that may be extended for the purposes of experimentation.

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