Faculty Advisor

Roger Lui

Faculty Advisor

Darko Volkov

Abstract

A population density, $u_{n}(x)$, is recursively defined by the formula egin{equation*} u_{n+1}(x)=int K(x-y)Big(1-ig(u_{n}(yig)Big)ig(u_{n} (yig)dy + ig(u_{n}(xig)ig(u_{n}(xig). end{equation*} Here, $K$ is a probability density function, $g(u)$ represents the fraction of the population that does not migrate, and $f$ is a monotonically decreasing function that behaves like the Beverton-Holt function. In this paper, I examine and modify the population genetics model found in cite{LV06} to include the case where a density-dependent fraction of the population does not migrate after the selection process.Using the expanded model, I developed a numerical application to simulate the spreading of a species and estimate the spreading speed of the population. The application is tested under various model conditions which include both density-dependent and density- independent dispersal rates. For the density-dependent case, I analyzed the fixed points of the model and their relationship to whether a given species will spread.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2007-04-02

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

density-dependent, density-independet, order-preserving, spreading speed, Population, Mathematical models

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