Quantifying the adaptive value of learning in foraging behavior.

  title={Quantifying the adaptive value of learning in foraging behavior.},
  author={Sigrunn Eliassen and Christian J\orgensen and Marc Mangel and Jarl Giske},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={174 4},
The value of acquiring environmental information depends on the costs of collecting it and its utility. Foragers that search for patchily distributed resources may use experiences in previous patches to learn the habitat quality and adjust their behavior. We map the ecological landscape for the evolution of learning under a range of conditions, including both spatial and temporal heterogeneity. We compare the learning strategy with genetically fixed patch-leaving rules and with strategies of… CONTINUE READING
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