Using individual-based simulations to test the Levins metapopulation paradigm
UNSPECIFIED. (2002) Using individual-based simulations to test the Levins metapopulation paradigm. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 71 (2). pp. 270-279. ISSN 0021-8790Full text not available from this repository.
1. Levins metapopulations have become a standard tool for modelling spatially heterogeneous populations. The acceptance of these models by ecologists may be attributed to their simple structure and their use of presence-absence data. 2. Using structured-metapopulations, which possess stochastic dynamics at the local subpopulation level. the extinction and subsequent recolonization rates can be calculated and compared to those of the classical Levins model. 3. Single-species metapopulations conform to the Levins ideal, validating the widespread use of this conceptual model. However, multispecies systems are shown to deviate in a consistent manner. This deviation, which is explained in terms of a correlation between patch occupancy and average population levels of the species, can be used to identify the signature of enemy-victim interactions.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||pp. 270-279|
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