Landscape Ecology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 33–45 | Cite as

Landscape connectivity and predator–prey population dynamics

  • Jacopo A. Baggio
  • Kehinde Salau
  • Marco A. Janssen
  • Michael L. Schoon
  • Örjan Bodin
Research article


Landscapes are increasingly fragmented, and conservation programs have started to look at network approaches for maintaining populations at a larger scale. We present an agent-based model of predator–prey dynamics where the agents (i.e. the individuals of either the predator or prey population) are able to move between different patches in a landscaped network. We then analyze population level and coexistence probability given node-centrality measures that characterize specific patches. We show that both predator and prey species benefit from living in globally well-connected patches (i.e. with high closeness centrality). However, the maximum number of prey species is reached, on average, at lower closeness centrality levels than for predator species. Hence, prey species benefit from constraints imposed on species movement in fragmented landscapes since they can reproduce with a lesser risk of predation, and their need for using anti-predatory strategies decreases.


Networks Landscape Predator–prey Coexistence Survival probabilities ABM IBM 



We thank the two anonymous referees as well as the financial support of Arizona State University to facilitate the first author to visit ASU during the first half of 2009.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacopo A. Baggio
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kehinde Salau
    • 2
    • 3
  • Marco A. Janssen
    • 2
  • Michael L. Schoon
    • 2
  • Örjan Bodin
    • 4
  1. 1.School of International DevelopmentUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, School of Human Evolution and Social ChangeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Science CenterArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  4. 4.Stockholm Resilience CenterStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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