Any good learning resources for an Ecologist?

Hey folks,

I’ve recently undertaken a masters project which will require me to do some population modelling using Visual Basic. After a previous post, I learned the fundamentals of VB, and am now feeling a little lost.

My project will require me to do some rather complex simulations, but the starting point will simply be having four populations of plants and butterflies which interact with eachother. The issue is, I can’t seem to find a learning resource which is a stepping stone towards understand how to tackle this challenge.

I’m looking for someone to offer me a suitable route to learn how to solve this problem myself. Thus far I’ve started learning about object oriented programming, but I can’t seem to find any resources which discuss population modelling in VB. At this point I can’t even imagine how I’m going to create populations of thousands of individuals, let alone interacting ones.

I know my post may be a little uninformative, but I’m hoping I’ve provided enough information to find my way.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

EDIT: I refrained from giving too much information to avoid people giving me direct solututions, but I think I was a little too conservative. The simulations I eventually run will involve normal population dynamics, such as migration/dispersal, birth and death rates, and interactions between the plants and butterflies (e.g. # butterflies being limited by #/area of plants).

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