Modeling Adaptive Behavior in Event-Driven Environments
The dynamics of ecological systems are driven by continuous processes and discrete events. Events typically are of short duration but with longlasting and usually significant ecological effects. This implies that to understand the ecological significance of events, for example, rainfall events, disturbance events, or resource pulses, we need to understand how individual organisms respond to short-term changes in their environment. Individual-based models that incorporate the adaptive behavior of individuals are an ideal tool to explore the consequences of events.
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