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For my dissertation research, I have been working on collecting any and all available datasets of ecological networks. My main interest has been on food webs, but I have also been searching for other network types (plant/pollinator, plant/seed disperser, parasite/host, … Continue reading
For some reason I thought it would be an interesting exercise in my programming skills to try and write code to generate random walks in a two-dimensional plane. Turns out this was not super hard, so I wound up having … Continue reading
The two major types of food web models are those that are static and phenomenological, and those that are dynamic. The first type includes models such as the cascade, niche and nested hierarchy models (I have talked about these models … Continue reading
Having just finished my dissertation proposal, and having seen @rOpenSci tweet a word cloud of their recently submitted Sloan Grant app I thought it would be cool to post a word cloud of my proposed research.
Energy flows through the community from basal species to top predators. We envision this flow using food chains and webs illustrating the directionality of energy flow from basal organisms to top predators (see the humorous fish food chain below). Energy … Continue reading
Food web for Otago Harbor, NZ: One of the many things I have been trying to figure out is how to plot food webs in a manner that makes sense, using the igraph package in R, see here. I finally … Continue reading