European Journal of Mathematics

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 929–936 | Cite as

Ordinary differential equations and Easter Island: a survey of recent research developments on the relationship between humans, trees, and rats

  • Lorelei KossEmail author
Review Article


A survey of ordinary differential equation models investigating environmental and sustainability issues in the history of Easter Island appeared in 2011. One of the results discussed was a model by Basener et al. which investigated the relationship between humans, the forest stock, and the non-native Polynesian rat that was introduced by early settlers. This paper surveys recent developments in research using differential equation models to understand the interactions between people, rats, and forest stock.


Differential equations Sustainability Easter Island 

Mathematics Subject Classification

34D20 92D25 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceDickinson CollegeCarlisleUSA

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