Multiple scales in metapopulations of public goods producers

Marianne Bauer, Erwin Frey

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Multiple scales in metapopulations can give rise to paradoxical behavior: in a conceptual model for a public goods game, the species associated with a fitness cost due to the public good production can be stabilized in the well-mixed limit due to the mere existence of these scales. The scales in this model involve a length scale corresponding to separate patches, coupled by mobility, and separate time scales for reproduction and interaction with a local environment. Contrary to the well-mixed high mobility limit, we find that for low mobilities, the interaction rate progressively stabilizes this species due to stochastic effects, and that the formation of spatial patterns is not crucial for this stabilization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042307
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


We acknowledge funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 660363, and the German Excellence Initiative via the programme “NanoSystems Initiative Munich.”


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