Hierarchical size-structured populations: The linearized semigroup approach


In the present paper we analyze the linear stability of a hierarchical sizestructured population model where the vital rates (mortality, fertility and growth rate) depend both on size and a general functional of the population density ("environment"). We derive regularity properties of the governing linear semigroup, implying that linear stability is governed by a dominant real eigenvalue of the semigroup generator, which arises as a zero of an associated characteristic function. In the special case where neither the growth rate nor the mortality depend on the environment, we explicitly calculate the characteristic function and use it to formulate simple conditions for the linear stability of population equilibria. In the general case we derive a dissipativity condition for the linear semigroup, thereby characterizing exponential stability of the steady state. Copyright © 2010 Watam Press.

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Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems Series A: Mathematical Analysis

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