Controlling transient chaos to prevent species extinction

Luke Shulenburger, Ying Cheng Lai, Tolga Yalçinkaya, Robert D. Holt

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Recent work has suggested that species extinctions in ecological systems can occur as a consequence of deterministic transient chaos even in the absence of external disturbances. We argue and present a practical method to demonstrate that species extinctions due to transient chaos can be effectively prevented by applying small, ecologically feasible perturbations to the populations at appropriate but rare times. This may be of significant importance to the challenging environmental problems of species preservations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-161
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 6 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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