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Artificial Life

Fall 1997, Vol. 3, No. 4, Pages 307-333
(doi: 10.1162/artl.1997.3.4.307)
© 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
EUZONE: Simulating the Evolution of Aquatic Ecosystems
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Abstract

In the spirit of contemporary artificial life research, EUZONE provides a virtual laboratory for the emergence of complex ecosystems from simple primitives. However, whereas most alife systems abstract away many real-world environmental constraints, EUZONE employs detailed physical and chemical models in combination with evolutionary algorithms to support the emergence of carbon-based aquatic ecosystems. With an emphasis on planktonlike organisms, this research focuses upon the self-organization and evolution of (a) lower levels of aquatic food webs, (b) Gaian interactions between primitive organisms and their physical environments, and (c) species interactions governed by varying life-history strategies.