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The Optimal Foraging and Central Place Theory Memo

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Memo To: Daniel Burt, English Professor
From: Aslesha Sitaula
Date: January 23.2020
Subject: The Optimal Foraging Theory
The lab report covers the experiment on the optimal foraging theory which allows to predict food
seeking behavior in animals with respect to distance from their central place and, to a certain
extent, to variations in tree species. This memorandum analyzes a lab report on the Optimal
Foraging Theory and provides the result after the experiment in beavers to determine how
beaver’s food selection behavior based on tree species, size and distance, which can be used to
explain how the optimal foraging theory is important to predict that an animal adopts a foraging
strategy to collect the food.
The given lab report is missing several sections of the report such as cover page, introduction,
date and title of the experiment and also the name of author and procedures, how the results were
calculated. The cover page is really important to provide the reader what the document is about.
The lab report mainly focused on explaining the situation of the research than providing detailed
data and the information collected. There was not much elaboration of errors and mistakes
happened during the study. The author described about what the term “Optimal Foraging
Theory” and “Central Place Theory” really means and the procedure and the results only. There
were no calculations shown of the data how the results came and what were the limitations while
doing this study,
Additionally, the lab report started with a brief introduction of the study. On October 25
th
, 1996,
the experiment on the theory of optimal foraging and its relation to central foraging examining
the beaver as a model was conducted at Yates Mill Pond. The main objective of this lab was to
determine beaver food selection based on tree species, size, and distance. Although, there was
clear introduction the purpose from the cover page is missing and the abstract was not much
informative. The abstract should have included the methods, materials and procedures during the
experiment. There was no any listing of the materials that were used for the procedure, so the lab
report is incomplete.
Furthermore, the result section also just published the final conclusions of the report without
being discussed the limitations and error happened during the study. For instance, the beavers
foraged more selectively at increasing distance from the central place and found negative
correlation between the distance and the hardwoods. As the distance increases from the central
place or the water, beavers cut fewer branches and deleted small branches from their diet. As a
result, the beaver chewed the trees that were closer to the water accounts for the time and energy
spent while collecting foods. As the distance went little further, the trees were not chewed means

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Memo To: Daniel Burt, English Professor From: Aslesha Sitaula Date: January 23.2020 Subject: The Optimal Foraging Theory The lab report covers the experiment on the optimal foraging theory which allows to predict food seeking behavior in animals with respect to distance from their central place and, to a certain extent, to variations in tree species. This memorandum analyzes a lab report on the Optimal Foraging Theory and provides the result after the experiment in beavers to determine how beaver’s food selection behavior based on tree species, size and distance, which can be used to explain ...
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