Modelling habitat loss in Piping Plovers using an environmental agent-based model

2017-08-06T15:18:34Z (GMT) by Brandon P.M. Edwards Daniel Gillis
The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) is an endangered species of shorebird residing in North America. Anthropogenic activities and development in the Great Lakes region has played a direct role in the decrease of habitat for the Piping Plover. Using a novel approach to agent-based models wherein we treat the environment as agents, we aim to efficiently model the habitat loss in this species by simulating the effects of anthropogenic activities and development, the conservation efforts that have taken place over the years, and natural predation against the species. The development of the model will allow us to make a number recommendations based on varying degrees of anthropogenic activity to assist in the restoration of the piper plover population.