The mathematical theory of persistence answers questions such as which species, in a mathematical model of interacting species, will survive over the long term. It applies to infinite-dimensional as well as to finite-dimensional dynamical systems, and to discrete-time as well as to continuous-time semiflows. This book provides a self-contained treatment of persistence theory that is accessible to graduate students. Applications play a large role from the beginning. These include ODE models such as SEIRS infectious disease in a meta-population and discrete-time nonlinear matrix models of demographic dynamics. Entire chapters are devoted to infinite-dimensional examples including an SI epidemic model with variable infectivity, microbial growth in a tubular bioreactor, and an age-structured model of cells growing in a chemostat.
Hal L Smith is Professor at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA.
Horst R Thieme is Professor at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA.