Seed bank models with long range dependence

Speaker: Adrian Gonzalez-Casanova

Date: Thu, Jun 7, 2012

Location: PIMS, University of British Columbia

Conference: PIMS-MPrime Summer School in Probability

Subject: Mathematics, Probability

Class: Scientific


In this talk I present a new model for seed banks, where individuals may obtain their type from ancestors which have lived in the near as well as the very far past. We discern three parameter regimes of the seed bank age distribution, which lead to substantially different behaviour in terms of genetic variability, in particular with respect to fixation of types and time to the most recent common ancestor. The classical Wright-Fisher model, as well as a seed bank model with bounded age distribution considered by Kaj, Krone and Lascoux (2001) are particular cases of the model. The mathematical methods are based not only on Markov chains, but also on renewal theory as well as on a Gibbsian approach introduced by Hammond and Sheffield (2011) in a different context. This talk is based in a joint work with Jochen Blath, Noemi Kurt, Dario Span`o.