Neil Carter recently participated in a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) workshop titled “Science and Law Enforcement” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He presented on the use of agent-based models to improve anti-poaching efforts in areas where tigers are protected; specifically focusing on multi-agent modeling which simulates the lives and behaviors of individuals (in this case, the interaction between animals and humans) to allow for the testing of distinct conservation interventions.
After presenting for WWF, Carter traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, where he had the opportunity to discuss the use of agent-based modeling to examine the effects of linear infrastructure (roads, railways, etc.) on tigers. There, he met with representatives from USAID, National Trust for Nature Conservation as well as WWF-Nepal.
Carter is bringing this analytical method to Boise State this spring through the avenue of his course, Agent-Based Modeling of Human-Environment Systems. The course will introduce graduate students to the use of agent-based models as a means of understanding and predicting the dynamics of human-environment systems. Agent-based approaches have become powerful tools in ecological economics, land use science, political science, natural resource management and the sustainability sciences. He looks forward to bringing perspectives from his work on global issues to learners in our Boise State community.
(photo of tiger taken via remote camera during Carter’s earlier research)