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Recent theoretical research has shown that ocean currents and wind interact to disperse seeds over long distances among isolated landmasses. Dispersal of seeds among isolated oceanic islands, by birds, oceans and man, is a well-known phenomenon, and many widespread island plants have traits that facilitate this process. Crucially, however, there have been no mechanistic vector-based models of long-distance dispersal for seeds among isolated oceanic islands based on empirical data. Here, we propose an experimental methodology and present a novel sensor platform to circumvent these limitations and directly estimate a mechanistic, vector-based model of seed dispersal in the ocean. We have developed seed analogues, or pseudoseeds, outfitted with wireless sensor technology that will enable high-fidelity tracking as they disperse across large distances in the ocean. The pseudoseeds are precisely designed to mimic actual seed buoyancy and morphology enabling realistic and accurate, vector-based dispersal models of ocean seed dispersal over vast geographic scales.
The present thesis addresses how our development and behavior is affecting the current state of our planet in regards to ecology and sustainability, what benefits does ecology and sustainability bring to individuals and society, and some approaches to improve personal, social, and market behaviors in regards to sustainability. Several studies are utilized to explain pro-social and pro-environmental behaviors, ecological human development, moral and social norms, technological influences, education, and our relationship to the natural world. Predicting tools for environmental intentions and behavior, norm activation theory, and the new ecological paradigm scale are discussed.
Humanity is facing a very challenging time in which we are confronted by the results of our actions: ecosystems are...