Evolutionary Suicide and Evolution of Dispersal in Structured Metapopulations

Gyllenberg M, Parvinen K, & Dieckmann U (2000). Evolutionary Suicide and Evolution of Dispersal in Structured Metapopulations. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-00-056

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Abstract

In this article we study the evolution of dispersal in a structured metapopulation model. The metapopulation consists of a large (infinite)number of local populations living in patches of habitable environment. Dispersal between patches is modeled by a disperser pool and individuals in transit between patches are exposed to a risk of mortality. Occasionally, local catastrophes eradicate a local population: all individuals in the affected patch die, yet the patch remains habitable. The rate at which such disasters occur can depend on the local population size of a patch. We prove that, in the absence of catastrophes, the strategy not to migrate is evolutionarily stable. It is also convergence stable unless there is no mortality during dispersal. Under a given set of environmental conditions, a metapopulation may be viable and yet selection may favor dispersal rates that drive the metapopulation to extinction. This phenomenon is known as evolutionary suicide. We show that in our model evolutionary suicide can occur for certain types of size-dependent catastrophes. Evolutionary suicide can also happen for constant catastrophe rates, if local growth within patches shows an Allee effect. We study the evolutionary bifurcation towards evolutionary suicide and show that a discontinuous transition to extinction is a necessary condition for evolutionary suicide to occur. In other words, if population size smoothly approaches zero at a boundary of viability in parameter space, this boundary is evolutionarily repelling and no suicide can occur.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Research Programs: Adaptive Dynamics Network (ADN)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 20:58
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/6190

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