Segregation and mixing in degenerate diffusion in population dynamics. (English) Zbl 0885.92031

Summary: We study the qualitative properties of degenerate diffusion equations used to describe dispersal processes in population dynamics. For systems of interacting populations, the forms of the diffusion models used determine if the population will intermix or remain disjoint (segregated). The dynamics and stability of segregation boundaries between competing populations is analyzed. General population models with segregation and mixing interactions are derived and connections to behavior in fluid mechanical systems are addressed.


92D25 Population dynamics (general)
35Q92 PDEs in connection with biology, chemistry and other natural sciences
35K05 Heat equation
35K57 Reaction-diffusion equations
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