Joshua Novick

Mentor: Dr. Greg Kiker
College of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
"I've always loved nature and animals. I also have love programming. The ability to combine these two hobbies into a research project thrilled me. When I heard about this research in my Introduction to Engineering class, I instantly wanted to get involved."


Computer Engineering



Research Interests

  • Agent-based Modeling
  • Dominance Hierarchy
  • Piosphere Effect

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Florida Bright Futures


  • Software Development Club
  • Hillel


  • Habitat for Humanity
  • UF Student Science Training Program

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music
  • Environment
  • Programming

Research Description

Agent-Based Modeling of African Elephants
In a constantly developing world, society has transitioned from keeping animals out of cities to keeping them in reservations, zoos, and nature preserves. As society makes this subtle change, there exists a growing need for properly predicting animal behavior due to the delicate nature of the environment. Elephants are large and destroy thicket and strip bark from trees as they walk. For this reason, we aim to predict elephant behavior in Addo and Kruger National Parks.