Spatial spread of a population

  • Mimmo Iannelli
  • Andrea Pugliese
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After age structure, considered in  Sect. 2.5 of  Chap. 2, another source of heterogeneity in a population is the fact that individuals are located at different positions in the geographical region occupied by the population. Thus the description of the spatial structure of the population may become important if the habitat is not spatially homogeneous. From the viewpoint of the mechanisms regulating the growth of a population in a spatially structured habitat, we need to model the vital rates as depending on the location and, more essentially, the mechanism regulating the movement of individuals.


Diffusion Constant Global Attractor Dirichlet Condition Neumann Condition Fisher Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mimmo Iannelli
    • 1
  • Andrea Pugliese
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TrentoItaly

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