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Spread Rate Estimation and the Role of Spatial Configuration and Human Behavior

Abstract The spread of invasive species may be greatly affected by human responses to prior species spread, but models and estimation methods seldom explicitly consider human responses. I investigate the effects of management responses on estimates of invasive species spread rates. To do this, I create an agent-based simulation model of an insect invasion across a county-level citrus landscape. My model provides an approximation of a complex spatial environment while allowing the "truth" to be known. The modeled environment consists of citrus orchards with insect pests dispersing among them. Insects move across the simulation environment infesting orchards, while orchard managers respond by administering insecticide according to analyst-se... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Shanafelt, David (Author) / Fenichel, Eli P (Advisor) / Richards, Timothy (Committee member) / Janssen, Marco (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Ecology / agent-based / dispersal / individual-based / spread / theoretical
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 111 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Biology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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