Theoretical Ecology: Areas of Application
Dr. Lisa Meierotto
Humans have evolved parallel to the natural world in relative harmony up to a point of separation that exists today as a direct result of the pursuit to control the forces that influence every aspect of human life. In this project, we aim to conduct an analysis of how we, as human beings, measure positive and negative thinking in relation to our direct interactions with the natural world. Our analysis will measure positive and negative thinking in relation to our direct interactions with the natural world. These interactions have increased with industrialization, population growth, and the plethora of advancements human beings have made in the last hundred years alone. By taking a step back and examining the boundary humans have built to enable the dichotomy that exists between human processes and natural processes we intend to show that there is an application of mathematical theory that can help aid in more positive outcomes between human and nature. We will provide potential solutions to real world problems through application of the logistic map, a mathematical equation that is capable of calculating population outcomes from environmental constraints, and use this to relieve stress within our finite environments.
Wright, Christopher W.; Friday, Christian; Moody, Travis; Pavlik, Cole; and Meierotto, Lisa, "Theoretical Ecology: Areas of Application" (2020). 2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase. 209.