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Modelling aggregations of gulls


Required education
Additional subjects
Starting date year-round
Specifics Theoretical, computer simulation

Project description

In human cities, airports and harbours, gulls are increasingly considered a pest (Lensink 2015). In cities they may steel food from people eating in the open air, in airports they may collide with an airplane causing damage to the engine, and in the harbour, such as the one in Rotterdam, they cause incidences weekly because employees are being attacked by gulls. Employees are reported to fall from their bicycle or even from high installations, which is sometimes accompanied by injuries, even broken wrists have been reported. Gulls are particularly aggressive during breeding to anyone (including humans) approaching the young closely. In the harbour it is therefore important to prevent gulls from breeding in certain locations and guide them elsewhere. One means to guide them away from unwanted locations is by using robotic birds. For doing this efficiently, we need to understand the movement of aggregates of gulls better. We increase our understanding of motion of gull-groups by studying them in a computational model.

Contact information

For more information, contact Charlotte Hemelrijk

More information

Behavioural & Physiological Ecology, Hemelrijk group - Self-organisation of social systems

Laatst gewijzigd:14 juli 2016 15:01