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Population dynamics with nonlocal interactions: from the emergence of patterns to species coexistence

Grant number: 19/26736-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2020
Effective date (End): February 28, 2022
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Martinez Garcia
Grantee:Benjamin Garcia de Figueiredo
Home Institution: Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/05523-8 - Toward a mechanistic theory for biological patterns and their ecosystem management possibilities, AP.JP


Traditional models aiming to describe spatially-extended ecological communities assume that individual perception is local i.e., individuals only perceive the environment or detect other individuals at their position. However, it is well-known that living organisms can perceive the environment on a long range. In this project, the student will investigate to which extent long-range interactions affecting the individual movement may drive the emergence of patterns in the spatial distribution of individuals, and whether the consequences of those patterns scale to the community level and control its stability. (AU)