Computational Ecology

The flow of ecological patterns of information across disciplines is part of what’s driving the emergence of the meshverse

… researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are harnessing supercomputers and electronic circuit theory to help save wildlife from shrinking habitat. The project is run by the university’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), and NCEAS scientists are applying electronic circuit theory to model wildlife migration and gene flow across fragmented landscapes….

“It turns out that circuit theory shares a surprising number of properties with ecological theory describing animal movements and connectivity,” said Brad McRae, NCEAS project leader. “We can now represent landscapes as conductive surfaces — with features like forests and highways having different resistance to movement — and analyze connectivity across them using powerful circuit algorithms. Unlike standard conservation planning tools, these algorithms simultaneously incorporate all possible pathways when predicting how corridors, barriers, and other features affect movement and gene flow over large areas.”

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