Chalmers Conferences, 9th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology

Stabilizing population cycles with adaptive limiter control
Frank Hilker

Last modified: 2014-06-09


As population cycles can lead to recurring outbreaks or increased extinction risk, many control methods aim at stabilizing fluctuations. Few of them, however, have been studied both empirically and theoretically. Here, we consider adaptive limiter control (ALC), a strategy recently proposed by Sah et al. and demonstrated in experimental fruit fly populations. The idea is to augment the population size whenever it falls below a certain fractions of its size in the previous generation. We thoroughly explain the mechanisms that allow ALC to reduce the magnitude of population fluctuations under certain conditions. While ALC is a control strategy with a number of useful properties, there are also some caveats that can turn ALC counterproductive and result in unintended outcomes.

This is joint work with Daniel Franco (UNED, Madrid).


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