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A Next-Generation Approach to Calculate Source–Sink Dynamics in Marine Metapopulations
In marine systems, adult populations confined to isolated habitat patches can be
connected by larval dispersal. Source–sink theory provides effective tools to quantify
the effect of specific habitat patches on the dynamics of connected populations.
In this paper, we construct the next-generation matrix for a marine metapopulation
and demonstrate how it can be used to calculate the source–sink dynamics of habitat
patches. We investigate the effect of environmental variables on the source–sink
dynamics and demonstrate how the next-generation matrix can provide useful biological
insight into transient as well as asymptotic dynamics of the model.
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