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The importance of functional form in optimal control solutions of problems in population dynamics

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The importance of functional form in optimal control solutions of problems in population dynamics; 2002; Article; Journal; Ecology; Runge, M.C.; Johnson, F.A.

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Optimal control theory is finding increased application in both theoretical and applied ecology, and it is a central element of adaptive resource management. One of the steps in an adaptive management process is to develop alternative models of system dynamics, models that are all reasonable in light of available data, but that differ substantially in their implications for optimal control of the resource. We explored how the form of the recruitment and survival functions in a general population model for ducks affected the patterns in the optimal harvest strategy, using a combination of analytical, numerical, and simulation techniques. We compared three relationships between recruitment and population density (linear, exponential, [...]

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