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Master of Science


Mathematical Sciences

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David M. Chan


From the agent-based, correlated random walk model presented, we observe the effects of varying the parameter values of maximum insect turning area, 𝛿max, density of trees, ω, maximum pollen carryover, 𝜅max, and probability of fertilization, P𝜅, on the distribution of pollen within a population of Cornus florida (flowering dogwood). We see that varying 𝛿max and 𝜅max changes the dispersal distance of pollen, which greatly affects many measures of connectivity. The clustering coefficient of fathers is maximized when 𝛿max is between 60° and 90°. Varying ω does not have a major effect on the clustering coefficient of fathers, but it does have a greater effect on other measures of genetic diversity. Lastly, we compare our simulations with randomly-placed trees with that of actual tree placement of C. florida at the VCU Rice Center, concluding that in order to truly understand how pollen is distributed within a specific ecosystem, specificity in describing tree locations is necessary.


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