Metapopulation Biology

Metapopulation Biology : Ecology, Genetics and Evolution

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Habitat destruction has left many landscapes increasingly fragmented. Populations of plants and animals living in such fractured landscapes can be isolated from nearby populations. These small isolated populations are called metapopulations because occasional interchanges between isolates occurs. Metapopulation biology explains how the dynamics, long-term survival and evolution of species are affected by habitat fragmentation. The biology of metapopulation has become a key issue in conservation. This volume presents a review of this area of study in population biology. It describes key theories of study and applies the best field studies to the conservation of species in fragmented landscapes. The work explains and critically assesses the value of the metapopulation concept for field studies and conservation.
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  • Hardback | 508 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 29mm | 880g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 012323445X
  • 9780123234452

Table of contents

Conceptual foundations: Empirical evidence for metapopulation dynamics, S. Harrison, A.D. Taylor; Metapopulation dynamics and landscape ecology, J.A. Wiens; Theory of metapopulation dynamics: Metapopulation dynamics - form concepts and observations to predictive models, I. Hanski; Structures metapopulation models, M. Gyllenberg et al; Two-species metapopulation models, S.Nee et al; From metapopulation dynamics to community structure - some consequences of spatial heterogeneity, R.D. Holt; Genetic effective size of a metapopulation, P.W. Hedrick, M.E. Gilpin; The evolution of metapopulation, N.H. Barton, M.C. Whitlock. Metapopulation processes: Extinction models for local populations, P. Foley; Studying transfer processes in metapopulation - immigration, migration, and colonization, R.A. Ims, N.G. Yoccoz; Migration within metapopulations - the impact upon local population dynamics, P.B. Stacey, M.L. Taper; Evolution of migration rate and other traits - the metapopulation effects, I. Olivieri, P.H. Gouyon; Spatial processes in host-parasite genetics, S.A. Frank. Case studies: Butterfly metapopulations, C.D. Thomas, I. Hanski; Tritrophic metapopulation dynamics - a case study of Ragworth, the Cinabar moth, and the parasitoid Cotesia popularis, E. van der Meijden, A.M. van der Veen-van Wijk; Correlated dynamics in a Pika population, A.T. Smith, M.E. Gilpin; A case study of genetic structure in a plant metapopulation, B.E. Giles; J. Goudet.
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