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Simulating spatially and physiologically structured populations

Gurney, W.S.C. and Speirs, D. and Wood, S.N. and Clarke, E.D. and Heath, M.R. (2001) Simulating spatially and physiologically structured populations. Journal of Animal Ecology, 70. pp. 881-894. ISSN 0021-8790

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Abstract

Population dynamics are frequently the product of a subtle interplay between development and dispersal in an inhomogeneous environment. Simulations of spatially inhomogeneous populations with physiologically distinguishable individuals are a known source of numerical difficulty. This paper reports a new and highly efficient algorithm for this problem, whose accuracy we demonstrate by comparison with conventional numerical solutions of one-dimensional problems. As an illustration, we construct a two (space)-dimensional model of a copepod (Calanus finmarchicus) in the NE Atlantic, and demonstrate that its predictions correspond closely with those of an equivalent Lagrangian ensemble.