Theoretical Ecology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 13–25

Discrete-time growth-dispersal models with shifting species ranges

Original Paper


Many species are responding to global climate change by shifting their ranges poleward in latitude or upward in elevation. We analyze an integrodifference equation that combines growth, dispersal, and a constant-speed, climate-induced range shift and find that a shifting population can die out, even if the width of its range remains constant. We show how to determine the critical range-shift speed (for extinction) and study the effects of the growth rate and of the shape and scale of the dispersal kernel on persistence.


Climate change Population persistence Range shift Integrodifference equation 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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