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Modeling Populations of Adaptive Individuals$
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Steven F. Railsback and Bret C. Harvey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691195285

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691195285.001.0001

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A Second Example: Vertical Migration and Reproductive Effort in Daphnia

A Second Example: Vertical Migration and Reproductive Effort in Daphnia

(p.52) Chapter 5 A Second Example: Vertical Migration and Reproductive Effort in Daphnia
Modeling Populations of Adaptive Individuals
Steven F. Railsback, Bret C. Harvey
Princeton University Press

This chapter demonstrates the application of state- and prediction-based theory (SPT) to a real biological system, but a system that has been simplified enough to also be addressed by dynamic state variable modeling (DSVM). The Daphnia vertical migration (VM) system allows one to explore ways to use SPT for an adaptive trade-off behavior that clearly is important to population dynamics, and to compare the behavior it produces to behavior predicted by a DSVM model and observed in real organisms. The chapter reproduces the three patterns of observed behavior, in almost all their details, while converting Øyvind Fiksen's DSVM model into a population model that includes mortality and reproduction and could easily include processes that make DSVM intractable—like interaction and variation among individuals. One lesson is that SPT can readily represent contingent decisions, such as Daphnia choice of both depth and reproductive allocation. This is not surprising because such decisions have also been modeled with DSVM.

Keywords:   state-based theory, prediction-based theory, biological system, dynamic state variable modeling, Daphnia, vertical migration, adaptive trade-off behavior, population dynamics, mortality, reproductive allocation, contingent decisions

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