Propagation in a non-local reaction-diffusion equation

25 January 2016
Christopher Henderson

The first reaction-diffusion equation developed and studied is the Fisher-KPP equation.  Introduced in 1937, it accounts for the spatial spreading and growth of a species.  Understanding this population-dynamics model is equivalent to understanding the distribution of the maximum particle in a branching Brownian motion.  Various generalizations of this model have been studied in the eighty years since its introduction, including a model with non-local reaction for the cane toads of Australia introduced by Benichou et. al.  I will begin the talk by giving an extended introduction on the Fisher-KPP equation and the typical behavior of its solutions.  Afterwards, I will describe the model for the cane toads equations and give new results regarding this model.  In particular, I will show how the model may be viewed as a perturbation of a local equation using a new Harnack-type inequality and I will discuss the super-linear in time propagation of the toads.  The talk is based on a joint work with Bouin and Ryzhik.



  • Stochastic Analysis Seminar