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A Numerical Study of Diffusive Predator-Prey System with Autotaxis and Non-linear Convection

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  • Full or part time
    Dr N Petrovskaya
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project will apply advanced numerical methods to study a real-world ecological problem of high theoretical and practical importance, such as mechanisms of spatiotemporal pattern formation in ecological communities. Spatial distribution of ecological populations is very rarely homogeneous. Species heterogeneity is a common phenomenon observed on various spatial scales, and it has profound implications for ecosystems dynamics. However, its origin is poorly understood and the corresponding underlying mechanisms often remain obscure. The aim of the project is to enhance understanding of the role that directional motion of individuals (e.g., autotaxis or convection) plays in ecological pattern formation. While considerable progress has been made in identification scenarios of pattern formation in diffusive systems, i.e. under approximation of random individual motion, the question about possible impact of directional motion is largely open. One reason for that is that systems of partial differential equations with convective terms are much more difficult for numerical study. Effective numerical methods have appeared only recently and in this project they will be applied to the problem of pattern formation in relevant mathematical models of population dynamics.

A successful candidate must have an UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS where the curriculum includes modules in ordinary and partial differential equations and in numerical methods. Basic knowledge of programming is also required.

Funding Notes

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding and usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is only available to UK citizens who are normally resident in the UK or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more.

Non-UK Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.

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