NetLogo: Two communities

This NetLogo computer model extends the model Two Foresters and introduces a bigger and more complex population structure.

It is a model of a simple social-ecological system consisting of a population of foresters, subdivided into two communities, and a regrowing resource (trees). The foresters harvest from the trees at sustainable/modest or at greedy rates. Students observe how outcomes for individual foresters and for communities are influenced by the different compositions of modest and greedy foresters within communities, making them reflect on the dilemma between individual short-term benefit and long-term community benefits.

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NetLogo: Two Foresters

An interactive introduction into concepts of ecology, behavioral ecology, and sustainability with a computer simulation of a simple social-ecological system.