Professor, PhD Jarl Giske
My current research interest is how animals make decisions. The major tool for this is indivudal-based modelling where adaptation occurs over generations through the Genetic Algorithm.
My interest in decisions has been a long walk starting with life-history-based optimizations. Triggered by how organisms are able to perform decisions that (seemingly) simultaneously can incorporate state-, age-, density-, and environment-dependent trade-off, I started with Geir Huse to model adaptations through Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Individual-Based Modelling. Later, I have focused (with Per Jakobsen, Marc Mangel and the TE colleagues) even more on how the decision architecture in fish and other animals works, and how this can be utilised in modelling.
The first parts of this work are published in
Ecol Mod, and
Fish & Fisheries.
I also cooperate with Frede Thingstad and Selina Våge on utilising the adaptation approach to evolve functional groups in a microbial ecosystem