In a new paper, Jacopo, Gyuri and I studied the persistence of metapopulations living in a landscape where patches of suitable habitat are scattered randomly.
Jacopo Grilli, György Barabás, Stefano Allesina
Metapopulation Persistence in Random Fragmented Landscapes
PLoS Computational Biology, 2015
A bit on the backstory: in December 2014, I gave a talk at UC Davis, and, at dinner, Sebastian Schreiber mentioned that if I liked problems involving eigenvalues I should have looked at the classic Hanski & Ovaskainen model. Back in Chicago, Gyuri (who had just started his postdoc) and Jacopo (who was visiting from Italy) thought it would be a good project to jumpstart our collaboration…