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Bull Math Biol. 2011 Jun;73(6):1312-32. doi: 10.1007/s11538-010-9560-1. Epub 2010 Jul 24.

On the evolution of the timing of reproduction with non-equilibrium resident dynamics.

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  • 1Department of Mathematics, University of Turku, Finland.


We study the evolution of an individual's reproductive strategy in a mechanistic modeling framework. We assume that the total number of juveniles one adult individual can produce is a finite constant, and we study how this number should be distributed during the season, given the types of inter-individual interactions and mortality processes included in the model. The evolution of the timing of reproduction in this modeling framework has already been studied earlier in the case of equilibrium resident dynamics, but we generalize the situation to also fluctuating population dynamics. We find that, as in the equilibrium case, the presence or absence of inter-juvenile aggression affects the functional form of the evolutionarily stable reproductive strategy. If an ESS exists, it can have an absolutely continuous part only if inter-juvenile aggression is included in the model. If inter-juvenile aggression is not included in the model, an ESS can have no continuous parts, and only Dirac measures are possible.

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