Time-resolved extinction rates of stochastic populations

M. Khasin*, B. Meerson, P. V. Sasorov

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Extinction of a long-lived isolated stochastic population can be described as an exponentially slow decay of quasistationary probability distribution of the population size. We address extinction of a population in a two-population system in the case when the population turnover-renewal and removal-is much slower than all other processes. In this case there is a time-scale separation in the system which enables one to introduce a short-time quasistationary extinction rate W1 and a long-time quasistationary extinction rate W2, and to develop a time-dependent theory of the transition between the two rates. It is shown that W1 and W2 coincide with the extinction rates when the population turnover is absent and present, but very slow, respectively. The exponentially large disparity between the two rates reflects fragility of the extinction rate in the population dynamics without turnover.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number031126
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2010


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