Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

James A. Powell

Second Advisor

Jesse A. Logan

Third Advisor

D. Richard Cutler


In this paper, we discuss how seasonal temperature variation and dormancy can synchronize the development of exothermic organisms. Using a simple aging model, it is shown that minimal seasonal temperature variation and periods of dormancy during extreme temperature conditions are sufficient to establish stable, univoltine ovipositional cycles. Dormancy, in fact, promotes synchronous oviposition emergence. The mountain pine beetle, an important insect living in extreme temperature conditions and showing no evidence of diapause, invites direct application of this model. Simulations using mountain pine beetle parameters are used to determine temperature regimes for which stable, ovipositional cycles exist.

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