The application of optimal control theory to the general life history problem.

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Abstract

The application of optimal control theory to life history evolution in species with discrete breeding seasons and overlapping generations is discussed. For each age class, the objective functional maximized consists of an integral (total reproduction for that age class) plus a final function (residual reproductive value) . A simple example, for which monocarpy is the optimal strategy, is given. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-431
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Naturalist
Volume121
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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