Optimal Memory in Food-caching Organisms
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Memory, optimal, caching
To examine the optimum memory in food-caching animals using an agent-based modeling system which implements the potential for trait evolution.
The Optimal Foraging Theory is well studied as a driving factor for organisms to maximize their success . However, few have studied how this theory interplays with caching animals . The strategy to cache, or store, food is common amongst many different organisms, and all have been key in understanding memory and learning in animals . However, memory is hard to quantify in the field, despite its importance in caching animals. Since the Optimal Foraging Theory is well established, the conclusion that optimal memory should be observed with caching animals is expected. To test this hypothesis, we created an agent-based model that examined the predominant strategies that arose with caching organism based on their memory level. Through a simulation of a variable food source and the ability to cache and retrieve food based on an organism’s memory, we observed which memory strategies became predominant.
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Rollins, Matthew L. and Griffen, Blaine D., "Optimal Memory in Food-caching Organisms" (2021). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2021. 14.
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