Resource Scarcity Effects on Spatial Species Distribution in Animat Agent Models

K.A. Hawick and C.J. Scogings (New Zealand)


Species distribution; land use; animat agents; ecosystem.


Modelling multiple species spatial distribution patterns and the consequent effects on land resources is a complex problem. We have developed an animat model based on spatial agents that predate on one another and which interact with spatially distributed resources such as vegetation. We show how a model based on relatively simple microscopic interactions can be used to analyse spatial species distribution effects and explore some implications of this class of resource consumption model. We find that animats will exhibit migratory herding behaviour when resources are scarce.

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