Article

On the net reproduction rate of continuous structured populations with distributed states at birth

Citation

Ackleh AS & Farkas JZ (2013) On the net reproduction rate of continuous structured populations with distributed states at birth. Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 66 (9), pp. 1685-1694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.camwa.2013.04.010

Abstract
We consider a nonlinear structured population model with a distributed recruitment term. The question of the existence of non-trivial steady states can be treated (at least) in three different ways. One approach is to study spectral properties of a parametrised family of unbounded operators. The alternative approach, which we develop here, is based on the reformulation of the partial differential equation as an integral equation. In this context we introduce a density dependent net reproduction rate and discuss its relationship to a biologically meaningful quantity. Finally, we discuss a third approach, which is based on a finite rank approximation of the recruitment operator.

Keywords
Size-structured populations; Net reproduction rate; Distributed states at birth; Integral equations; Spectral theory

Journal
Computers and Mathematics with Applications: Volume 66, Issue 9

StatusPublished
FundersThe Royal Society of Edinburgh
Publication date30/11/2013
Publication date online31/05/2013
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/15941
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0898-1221