Project Summary

I was involved in 2015-2016 on this project headed by James R. Watson, with the purpose of going beyond simple models of optimal foraging to include social interactions between predators/resource users.

My job was to develop a mechanistic derivation for the functional response of a group of predators who can share information and defend resource patches in a random environment. I tested that solution extensively against Agent-Based simulations, to confirm that simple assumptions are enough to capture the main trade-offs and predict quantitative outcomes of spatial dynamics.

This project branched into two applications: one to fisheries, with an interest in how uncertainty and stochasticity in resource use create divergent social incentives for cooperation; another to pilot whales, with a focus on the optimality of sonar directionality.

Publications

  1. The Spatial Dynamics of Predators and the Benefits and Costs of Sharing Information
    2016-10-20
  2. The dual impact of ecology and management on social incentives in marine systems
    2016-02-25

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