Impact of dispersal on the stability of metapopulations

Eric Tromeur, Lars Rudolf, Thilo Gross

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Dispersal is a key ecological process, that enables local populations to form spatially extended systems called metapopulations. In the present study, we investigate how dispersal affects the stability of a general metapopulation model. We find that dispersal impacts the stability of metapopulations through local patches dynamics and various dispersal behaviors (positive density-dependent dispersal, costly dispersal, social fencing of immigrants and settlement facilitation). We also show that in homogeneous metapopulations, a density-independent dispersal does not affect stability, whereas in heterogeneous ones it can yield an impact on stability, that is modulated by the spatial structure of the metapopulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Early online date23 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016


  • Generalized modelling
  • Density-dependent dispersal
  • Density-dependent settlement
  • Network topology

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