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Barbour, A D; Pugliese, A (2004). Convergence of a structured metapopulation model to Levins's model. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 49(5):468-500.

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We consider a structured metapopulation model describing the dynamics of a single species, whose members are located in separate patches that are linked through migration according to a mean field rule. Our main aim is to find conditions under which its equilibrium distribution is reasonably approximated by that of the unstructured model of Levins (1969). We do this by showing that the (positive) equilibrium distribution converges, as the carrying capacity of each population goes to infinity together with appropriate scalings on the other parameters, to a bimodal distribution, consisting of a point mass at 0, together with a positive part which is closely approximated by a shifted Poisson centred near the carrying capacity. Under this limiting régime, we also give simpler approximate formulae for the equilibrium distribution. We conclude by showing how to compute persistence regions in parameter space for the exact model, and then illustrate all our results with numerical examples. Our proofs are based on Stein's method.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Mathematics
Dewey Decimal Classification:510 Mathematics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Metapopulations - Levinsrsquos model - Convergence of equilibrium distribution - Poisson approximation
Deposited On:07 Apr 2010 09:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:24
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00285-004-0272-8
Related URLs:http://www.math.uzh.ch/fileadmin/math/preprints/22_03.pdf
PubMed ID:15549310

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