Picture of two heads

Open Access research that challenges the mind...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by University of Strathclyde researchers, including those from the School of Psychological Sciences & Health - but also papers by researchers based within the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, and from the Strathclyde Business School.

Discover more...

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

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

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.