Discrete consumers, small scale resource heterogeneity, and population stability

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We present a consumer-resource model in which individual consumers subsist on a continuum of resource distributed over a very large number of small "bite-sized" patches, each patch being sufficiently small that all its resource is eaten whenever a consumer visits. This form of consumer-resource interaction forces a heterogeneous distribution of resource among the patches, and may dampen out the large amplitude, consumer-resource cycles that are predicted by traditional models of well-mixed, spatially homogeneous systems. The resource equilibrium does not increase with enrichment, a prediction that distinguishes this model from models that invoke direct or indirect consumer density dependence as a stabilizing mechanism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nisbet, RM; De Roos, AM; Wilson, WG; Snyder, RE

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 34 - 37

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1461-023X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1046/j.1461-0248.1998.00011.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus