G D Ruxton
Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 20 Issue 3 June 1995 pp 397-407
The recent paper of Sinha and Parthasarathy investigated the effect of modifying the Ricker and logistic population models to simulate the effects of immigration to, and emigration from, the population. Immigration of a fixed number of individuals was shown to reduce the probability of observing chaos in the Ricker model but not the logistic one. Here, isocline analysis is used to investigate why these effects occur. The stabilization effect for the Ricker equation occurs over a wide range of values of the immigration parameter. There are no values of the parameter, however, which increase the stability of the logistic equation substantially. In contrast density-dependent immigration is found to destabilize both the Ricker and logistic models. Density-dependent emigration serves to reduce the propensity of both models to exhibit chaos.