The mysterious disappearance of honey bee populations has caused worldwide concern in the past decode. This loss of honey bees not only affects bee keepers, but agriculture on a large scale, as honey bees are responsible for the pollination of many crops. The most recent research has suggested that pesticides and outside stressors may be the cause of what has been called colony collapse disorder (CCD). In this study, we use differential equation models and agent-based models to describe the mutualistic relationship between honey bees and the flowers they pollinate with a focus on understanding how external pressures can cause populations to collapse. This not only provides insight into CCD but also adds to the literature of models of interacting species, in which mutualisms have been less of a focus.


Wooster, Robert




Ordinary Differential Equations and Applied Dynamics

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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