Animal behavior, Differential equation model, Diurnal distribution, Environmental forcine, Habitat patches, Larus qlaucescens, Steady-state dynamics
We constructed differential equation models for the diurnal abundance and distribution of breeding glaucous-winged gulls (Larus glaucescens) as they moved among nesting and non-nesting habitat patches. We used time scale techniques to reduce the differential equations to algebraic equations and connected the models to field data. The models explained the data as a function of abiotic environmental variables with R2=0.57. A primary goal of this study is to demonstrate the utility of a methodology that can be used by ecologists and wildlife managers to understand and predict daily activity patterns in breeding seabirds.
Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering
Moore, Andrea L.; Damania, Smruti P.; Henson, Shandelle M.; and Hayward, James L., "Modeling the Daily Activities of Breeding Colonial Seabirds: Dynamic Occupancy Patterns in Multiple Habitat Patches" (2008). Faculty Publications. 1960.
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