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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics