Simulating spatially and physiologically structured populations

W.S.C. Gurney, D. Speirs, S.N. Wood, E.D. Clarke, M.R. Heath

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-894
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Animal Ecology
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • population dynamics
  • biology
  • statistics
  • modelling science

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