# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

2005, 2005(Special): 487-496. doi: 10.3934/proc.2005.2005.487

## Dynamics of heterogeneous populations and communities and evolution of distributions

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Received  September 2004 Revised  April 2005 Published  September 2005

Most population models assume that individuals within a given population are identical, that is, the fundamental role of variation is ignored. Inhomogeneous models of populations and communities allow for birth and death rates to vary among individuals; recently, theorems of existence and asymptotic of solutions of such models were investigated. Here we develop another approach to modeling heterogeneous populations by reducing the model to the Cauchy problem for a special system of ODEs. As a result, the total population size and current distribution of the vector-parameter can be found in explicit analytical form or computed effectively. The developed approach is extended to the models of inhomogeneous communities.
Citation: Georgy P. Karev. Dynamics of heterogeneous populations and communities and evolution of distributions. Conference Publications, 2005, 2005 (Special) : 487-496. doi: 10.3934/proc.2005.2005.487
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