Mathematical Biology Seminar

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15:00-16:00   Room #118 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Malay Banerjee (Department of Mathematics & Statistics, IIT Kanpur)
Effect of demographic stochasticity on large amplitude oscillation
[ Abstract ]

Classical Rosenzweig-MacArthur model exhibits two types of stable coexistence, steady-state and oscillatory coexistence. The oscillatory coexistence is the result of super-critical Hopf-bifurcation and the Hopf-bifurcating limit cycle remains stable for parameter values beyond the bifurcation threshold. The size of the limit cycle grows with the increase in carrying capacity of prey and finally both the populations show high amplitude oscillations. Time evolution of prey and predator population densities exhibit large amplitude peaks separated by low density lengthy valleys. Persistence of both the populations at low population density over a longer time period is more prominent in case of fast growth of prey and comparatively slow growth of predator species due to slow-fast dynamics. In this situation, small amount of demographic stochasticity can cause the extinction of one or both the species. Main aim of this talk is to explain the effect of demographic stochasticity on the high amplitude oscillations produced by two and higher dimensional interacting population models.