Analysis of a an Age-Structured Population Model with Monotone Birth Rate Function

Mathematical Biology Seminar
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 11:00am for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 255
Sean Ellermeyer – Kennesaw State University
Howie Weiss
We consider a class of age-structured population models in which the central modeling assumption is simply that the birth rate depends on the size of the adult population. For the most part, we in fact assume that the birth rate is a monotone non-decreasing function of the adult population size. Despite the simplicity of our modeling assumptions (or perhaps because of it), we will see that this class of models admits a wide variety of solutions (exponentially growing, lineary growing, periodic, etc.) Much of the analysis of these models can be carried out using elementary techniques and we present some specific examples in which explicit solutions (which are elementary functions) can be generated. We also consider some questions related to the inverse problem for these models.