Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Missouri
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Missouri Project

Agent-based modeling of movements and habitat selection of mid-continent mallards

February 2019 - January 2021


Participating Agencies

  • Natural Resource Conservation Service

Landscape management for waterfowl conservation depends on the evaluation of waterfowl responses to habitat conditions, which may be based on complex and emergent interactions between behavioral, environmental and anthropogenic factors. Agent-based models (ABMs) offer a spatially and temporally explicit approach to simulate and evaluate the response of waterfowl populations to conservation scenarios. Our project aims to develop a tool that can be used to test the suitability of alternative conservation allotments to sustain and promote mallard populations during the non-breeding season, consisting of different amounts, configurations, and conditions of management units under a range of management and future environmental conditions.

Presentations Presentation Date
Weller et al. 2020. Agent-based modeling of wintering mallards in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley January 2020
Weller et al. 2020. Using an agent-based model to understand the role of landscape composition on wintering mallard body condition, movements and survival. The Wildlife Society Conference September 2020