Integrodifference models for persistence in fragmented habitats
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- Van Kirk, R.W. & Lewis, M.A. Bltn Mathcal Biology (1997) 59: 107. doi:10.1007/BF02459473
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Integrodifference models of growth and dispersal are analyzed on finite domains to investigate the effects of emigration, local growth dynamics and habitat heterogeneity on population persistence. We derive the bifurcation structure for a range of population dynamics and present an approximation that allows straighforward calculation of the equilibrium populations in terms of local growth dynamics and dispersal success rates. We show how population persistence in a heterogeneous environment depends on the scale of the heterogeneity relative to the organism's characteristic dispersal distance. When organisms tend to disperse only a short distance, population persistence is dominated by local conditions in high quality patches, but when dispersal distance is relatively large, poor quality habitat exerts a greater influence.