Faculty Advisor

Olson, Sarah D


Metapopulations are becoming more prevalent across all species. The complex relationships between these species and their environments can be mapped using the basic metapopulation equation created by Levins. In order to capture a more realistic description for the Northern Spotted Owl specifically, this equation was further developed into a system of three ordinary differential equations. This was accomplished by introducing parameters which were shown to have largely unexplored relationships with the rates of extinction and colonization. After finding some strong correlations between parameters and their effects on the owls patch occupancy, it is clear that the Northern Spotted Owl needs more data to be collected in order to develop an accurate and working model.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences