On Agent-Based Models of Sex, Plants and Sustainability

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This thesis examines various real-world phenomena by means of models and simulations. Each of these phenomena is modeled by an agent-based approach, using different model properties. The modeling approaches differ per chapter, varying from static to discrete-time and continuous-time models and from non-spatial to discrete-space and continuous-space ones. We examine the advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction also with respect to resilience of the populations; we examine diversity of sex systems in annual plants and how they relate to each other; we examine the female choice mechanism in oak trees, where female trees choose the unlikely father for their offspring; and we explore how individual pollution policies of different countries affect the environment for all.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Thuijsman, Frank, Supervisor
  • Peeters, Ralf, Supervisor
  • Stankova, K., Co-Supervisor
Award date27 May 2020
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789464021677
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • agent-based models
  • spatial models
  • plant mating
  • oaks
  • pollution
  • reproduction

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