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ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.

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Using a simple $SI$ infection model, I uncover the overall dynamics of the system and how they depend on the incidence function. I consider both an epidemic and endemic perspective of the model, but in both cases, three classes of incidence functions are identified. In the epidemic form, power incidences, where the infective portion $I^p$ has $p\in(0,1)$, cause unconditional host extinction, homogeneous incidences have host extinction for certain parameter constellations and host survival for others, and upper density-dependent incidences never cause host extinction. The case of non-extinction in upper density-dependent incidences extends to the case where a latent period is …

Farrell, Alex Patrick, Thieme, Horst R, Smith, Hal, et al.
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The closer integration of the world economy has yielded many positive benefits including the worldwide diffusion of innovative technologies and efficiency gains following the widening of international markets. However, closer integration also has negative consequences. Specifically, I focus on the ecology and economics of the spread of species and pathogens. I approach the problem using theoretical and applied models in ecology and economics. First, I use a multi-species theoretical network model to evaluate the ability of dispersal to maintain system-level biodiversity and productivity. I then extend this analysis to consider the effects of dispersal in a coupled social-ecological system where …

Shanafelt, David William, Perrings, Charles, Fenichel, Eli, et al.
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In complex consumer-resource type systems, where diverse individuals are interconnected and interdependent, one can often anticipate what has become known as the tragedy of the commons, i.e., a situation, when overly efficient consumers exhaust the common resource, causing collapse of the entire population. In this dissertation I use mathematical modeling to explore different variations on the consumer-resource type systems, identifying some possible transitional regimes that can precede the tragedy of the commons. I then reformulate it as a game of a multi-player prisoner's dilemma and study two possible approaches for preventing it, namely direct modification of players' payoffs through punishment/reward …

Kareva, Irina, Castillo-Chavez, Carlos, Collins, James, et al.
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