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By John L. Farrands (auth.), Roger Bradbury (eds.)

In August 1988. the 6th overseas Coral Reef Symposium was once held in Townsville leading to an inflow of many of the world's coral reef sCientists to town. We seized this chance on the Australian Institute of Marine technology to run a small workshop instantly sooner than the symposium at the outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish. Aeanthaster planei. We invited that small band of mathematicians who have been modelling the phenomenon, (and who won't have commonly attended a world assembly so completely devoted to normal technological know-how) to satisfy with these SCientists who have been been actively engaged on the phenomenon within the box. John Casti notes in his pleasant new publication trade Realities (Wiley, 1989): 'If the common function of the experimenter is to generate new observables through which we all know the tactics of Nature, and the common position of the mathematician is to generate new formal buildings during which we will signify those techniques. then the approach SCientist unearths his area of interest by way of serving as a dealer among the 2. ' i believe our publication exhibits the culmination of that brokerage during the wide selection of versions explored inside of its pages. the excessive point of collaboration and interplay throughout disciplines obvious within the person papers, and within the rising synthesis that displays a miles deeper knowing of this complicated phenomenon than was once attainable even many years ago.

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2%). Many larvae from outer matrix reefs were not transported to the near vicinity of any other reef within the time constraints of larval life that were imposed (39%). 9%). Only relatively rare events resulted in larvae being transported offshore to the outer matrix reefs. 4%). 25 ~. PORT DOUGLAS .. - ... J INNISFAIL • ..... -> , ...... 1. Particle tracks representing ten dispersal events from Green Island. Each track corresponds to the centroid of the larval cloud during the two week competent period of larval development and is based on a random selection of tide and wind records.

1. Digraphs and weighted digraphs. (a) Reefs represented by nodes; directed arcs represent potential larval transport. (b) Typical pattern in northern region. The thickness of an arrow is a relative measure of the probability assigned to it. (c) Typical pattern in southern region. (d) Pulse process from source to multiple sinks. (e) Pulse process to sink from multiple sources. Reachability: A reef v is reachable from reef u if a path, made up of one or more arcs, exists from u to v. In such a case, spawning by a population on reef u may eventually result in the establishment of a population on reef v.

More recently, yF P (1 < P:;;; 2) has been used to include density-dependent effects (Antonelli & Kazarinoff, 1988). Although fertilization rates of A. planci are unknown, the proximity of spawning males is likely to be a significant factor in larval development (Pennington, 1984) and thus lends itself to the interpretation we give to yF P (1",; P ",; 2). , 1987). Stability is gparanteed by 'food preference asymmetry', that is, for the interaction terms -(;ICIF and -(j2C2F in the two coral equations, (;2/(;\ < 1.

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