Remarks on metacommunity synchronization with application to prey-predator systems

Colombo, A., Dercole, F., & Rinaldi, S. (2008). Remarks on metacommunity synchronization with application to prey-predator systems. The American Naturalist 171 (4) 430-442. 10.1086/528959.

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The problem of synchronization of metacommunities is investigated in this article with reference to a rather general model composed of a chaotic environmental compartment driving a biological compartment. Synchronization in the absence of dispersal (i.e., the so-called Moran effect) is first discussed and shown to occur only when there is no biochaos. In other words, if the biological compartment is reinforcing environmental chaos, dispersal must be strictly above a specified threshold in order to synchronize population dynamics. Moreover, this threshold can be easily determined from the model by computing a special Lyapunov exponent. The application to prey-predator metacommunities points out the influence of frequency and coherence of the environmental noise on synchronization and agrees with all experimental studies performed on the subject.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chaos; Dispersal; Lyapunov exponent; Moran effect; Prey-predator; Synchronization
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Bibliographic Reference: The American Naturalist; 171(4):430-442 (April 2008)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:40
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:38

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