Date Thesis Awarded
Bachelors of Science (BS)
Leah B. Shaw
C. Ryan Vinroot
We model the population of the Blue Crab in the Chesapeake Bay by using differential equations. Blue crabs are inherently cannibalistic of juveniles, while also in competition with juvenile blue crabs for resources. These differential equations describe the intraguild predation consistent in the blue crab food web, as well as the cannibalistic nature of the blue crab. We introduce an aging and birth rate to alter an intraguild predation model to fit the cannibalistic nature.
Becker, Timothy J., "A Model for Blue Crab Population in the Chesapeake Bay" (2012). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 495.
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