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Title: APPLICATION OF ADVANCED SIMULATION MODELLING TOOLS TO ANSWER LARGE-SCALE QUESTIONS IN TROPICAL FOREST ECOLOGY
Authors: SAMUEL ENRICO DALE THOMPSON
ORCID iD:   orcid.org/0000-0003-4486-1390
Keywords: neutral theory, ecology, modelling, biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, habitat loss
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2019
Citation: SAMUEL ENRICO DALE THOMPSON (2019-10-31). APPLICATION OF ADVANCED SIMULATION MODELLING TOOLS TO ANSWER LARGE-SCALE QUESTIONS IN TROPICAL FOREST ECOLOGY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Ecology is facing a challenging time. The pressures from an expanding human population is resulting in a global decline in biodiversity. What remains is confined to fragmented patches of habitat broken by urbanisation, agriculture and industry. To understand biodiversity in our natural world, our ecological theories of fragmentation must be more complete and our models more accurate. Recent technological advances have enabled a broad array of new methods which ecologists can employ. In this thesis, I will explore one branch of ecological modelling – neutral theory – to study patterns of biodiversity in fragmented landscapes. I will present my new packages for simulating spatially explicit neutral dynamics, a powerful tool for studying fragmentation. I will then demonstrate how my models can be applied in three broad areas: theoretical ecology, tropical ecology and palaeoecology.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/162752
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