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Demographic noise can lead to the spontaneous formation of species


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Rogers, T., McKane, A. J. and Rossberg, A. G., 2012. Demographic noise can lead to the spontaneous formation of species. EPL (Europhysics Letters), 97 (4), 40008.

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Abstract

When a collection of phenotypically diverse organisms compete with each other for limited resources, with competition being strongest amongst the most similar, the population can evolve into tightly localised clusters. This process can be thought of as a simple model of the emergence of species. Past studies have neglected the effects of demographic noise and studied the population on a macroscopic scale, where species formation is found to depend upon the shape of the curve describing the decline of competition strength with phenotypic distance. In the following, we will show how including the effects of demographic noise leads to a radically different conclusion. Two situations are identified: a weak-noise regime in which the population exhibits patterns of fluctuation around the macroscopic description, and a strong-noise regime where species appear spontaneously even in the case that all organisms have equal fitness.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsRogers, T., McKane, A. J. and Rossberg, A. G.
DOI10.1209/0295-5075/97/40008
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http://arxiv.org/abs/1111.1152Free Full-text
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Mathematical Sciences
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code32178

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