I visited the Max Planck Institute in Dresden to participate in the advanced study group on the Statistical Physics of Foraging. We discussed the complex strategies animal use to find their food.
I gave a lecture in Leiden in the “Van Leeuwenhoek Lecture on BioScience” series, on the 24th of September. I talked about the importance of an multidisciplinary approach when studying spatial self-organisation in ecology.
We received financing for an interesting new project on pattern formation, linked to our ongoing managed realignment projects.
See the (Dutch) press release:
Scientific models often produce very abstract prediction of how natural ecosystems will respond to management scenario’s. Here, we present a new technique that uses computer graphics techniques to build virtual representations of predicted developments of ecosystems that are accessible to everybody. They also represent a new a approach in building virtual worlds based on spatial organisation.
See the movie on youtube: https://youtu.be/9EWkxiycA0A
Computer graphics technology: Robert Rooseboom, NIOZ.
For all that like programming, I have uploaded a number of my OpenCL (c++) codes for implementing spatially-explicit ecological models on GPUs on “Github”, a programming code repository: https://JohanvandeKoppel.github.io .
Whether you look at a square centimeter or at a square kilometer, nature always reveals the most interesting patterns. It is this complexity at all spatial scales that makes nature different from many if not all human creations. Our latest research on mussel beds reveals that this many-scale complexity actually makes ecosystems very strong and resilient. Read more about it in the (Dutch) press release or in the actual paper!
I gave an Evening Keynote talk about ecological self-organization at the Autogenic Dynamics Conference of the Society for Sedimentary Geology. We discussed possible signs of self-organization in the geological record. See an example in the poster image, of a deposit with stromatolite-like shapes found in the book cliffs, Colorado, where we went for a field visit.