Date Thesis Awarded

7-2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Mathematics

Advisor

Leah B. Shaw

Committee Member

Junping Shi

Committee Member

Romuald Lipcius

Committee Member

C. Ryan Vinroot

Abstract

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.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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