A Voronoi diagram based population model for social species of wildlife
Christopher William Stewart, Rodney van der Ree
Ecological Modelling | ELSEVIER | Published : 2010
A population model is presented that accounts for spatial structure within habitat patches. It is designed for social species of wildlife that form social group home ranges that are much smaller than patch size. The model represents social group home ranges by Voronoi regions that tessellate a patch to form a Voronoi diagram. Neighbouring social groups are linked with habitat-confined shortest paths and form a dispersal network. The model simulates population dynamics and makes use of Voronoi diagrams and dispersal networks as a spatial component. It then produces density maps as outputs. These are maps that show predicted animal densities across the patches of a landscape. A construction pr..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council
The authors acknowledge support from the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, The Baker Foundation, the Australian Research Council (LP0560443), VicRoads and the Albury Conservation Company. They thank Amy Hahs for preparing the model input map in the ASCII format and Mick McCarthy and Ed Newbigin for useful discussions.