Date Thesis Awarded

5-2010

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Mathematics

Advisor

Junping Shi

Committee Member

Olivier Coibion

Committee Member

Lawrence M. Leemis

Committee Member

Jianjun Paul Tian

Abstract

A two-patch Rosenzweig-MacArthur system describing predator-prey interaction in a spatially inhomogeneous environment is investigated. The global stability of equilibrium solutions for the homogeneous case is proved using Lyapunov functional, and stability analysis for the coexistence equilibrium is also given. Numerical bifurcation diagrams and numerical simulations of the limit cycle dynamics for the inhomogeneous case are obtained to compliment theoretical approach. Some of our results help to explain and clarify possible solutions to the Paradox of Enrichment in ecological studies.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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