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Abstract by Emily Prigmore Menden

Personal Infomation


Presenter's Name

Emily Prigmore Menden

Co-Presenters

None

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Co-Authors

None

Abstract Infomation


Department

Computer Science

Faculty Advisor

Sean Warnick

Title

Modeling Trophic Cascades at Yellowstone National Park

Abstract

Understanding trophic cascades, or the ecological impact of a change in apex predator behavior, has become extremely improtant in the management of a number of critical ecosystems. Yellowstone National Park is a natural testbed for such studies since wolves were eliminated from the environment and then reintroduced after a 70-year absence. This research explores the development of ecological models of subgroups at Yellowstone in an effort to use their limited data to better understand the impact of such perturbations to the system.