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Mathematical Modeling of Competition and Coexistence of Phytoplankton Species

Luke Campbell*, Central Washington University
Talk Abstract: 
Microscopic phytoplankton form the basis of the food chain in the earth’s oceans. A system of differential equations relates phytoplankton population and nutrient concentration in an isolated environment. The equations were modeled with MATLAB. I conducted sensitivity analyses to determine the relationships between the system of differential equations, and their respective parameters, on phytoplankton behavior. I explored the dynamics of competition and coexistence between multiple species with multiple nutrients in the system. I was able to predict competitive exclusion, and when multiple species could reach states of coexistence when the equations reach equilibrium.
Talk Subject: 
Mathematics Applications in the Sciences
Talk Type: 
Poster Presentation
Time Slot: 
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 15:25
Room Number: 
STAG 270