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Biological modelling and simulation

Introduction

Welcome to my collection of biological models and simulations.

The stuff presented here is part of my modeling work focusing on social insects. But I also present some student models here, that were created during my recent courses of “biological modeling and simulation” and “programming for biologists”.

Unfortunately, the site is still incomplete, because it takes some time to put all that stuff together, describe the ideas, problems and solutions. But I promise, the site will grow, so be sure to come back again ...

Quick links

  • For an online simulation of the court of the honeybee queen click here.
  • For an online simulation of sorting an building in ants and termites click here.
  • For an online simulation of fish schooling click here.
  • For an online simulation of sorting by ants click here.
  • For a set of online simulations about plant growth click here.
  • For a set of online simulations of slime mold behavior click here.
  • For an online simulation of climate control in daisyworld click here.
  • For an online simulation of honeybee foraging decisions click here.
  • For an online simulation of ant foraging decisions click here.
  • For an online simulation of biological pattern formation click here.
  • For an online simulation of honeybee thermoregulation click here.

Main topics

  • For the topics of self-organization and group behavior, click here.
  • For the topics of population models, click here.
  • For the topics of ecological and environmental models, click here.
  • For checking the results achieved by oure courses’ students, click here.
  • For downloadable additional software, click here.
  • For our list of links, click here.

Personal information

My name is Thomas Schmickl, I am 32 years old and I am currently working in Prof. Crailsheim’s honeybee-research team at the University of Graz, Austria. I did my ph. d. upon the collective brood rearing behavior of honeybees with special emphasis on nursing, cannibalism and resource allocation among colony members. To test the long term impact of cannibalism on the colony’s population development, I created my first honeybee population model. From that moment, I was infected by the bmv, “bio-math virus” ...

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