We consider the diffusive logistic equation supplemented by the nonlinear boundary condition where is a non-negative, non-decreasing function with ([0, 1]) [0, 1]. When regarded as an ecological model for an organism inhabiting a focal patch of its habitat, the assumptions on are intended to capture a tendency on the part of the organism to remain in the habitat patch when it encounters the patch boundary that increases with species density. Such a mechanism has been suggested in the ecological literature as a means by which the dynamics of the organism at the scale of the patch might differ from its local dynamics within the patch. Building upon earlier examinations of the boundary-value problem by Cantrell and Cosner, we detail in this paper the global disposition of biologically relevant equilibria when both 0 and 1 (the local carrying capacity within the patch) are equilibria. Our analysis relies on global bifurcation theory and estimates for elliptic and parabolic partial differential equations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Section A: Mathematics|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2009|
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