Competing populations in flows with chaotic mixing

István Scheuring, György Károlyi, Zoltán Toroczkai, Tamás Tél, Áron Péntek

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We investigate the effects of spatial heterogeneity on the coexistence of competing species in the case when the heterogeneity is dynamically generated by environmental flows with chaotic mixing properties. We show that one effect of chaotic advection on the passively advected species (such as phytoplankton, or self-replicating macro-molecules) is the possibility of coexistence of more species than that limited by the number of niches they occupy. We derive a novel set of dynamical equations for competing populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-90
Number of pages14
JournalTheoretical Population Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - márc. 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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