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Population Dynamics in Ecological Space and Time

As profound threats to ecosystems increase worldwide, ecologists must move beyond studying single communities at a single point in time. All of the dynamic, interconnected spatial and temporal processes that determine the distribution and abundance of species must be understood in order to develop new conservation and management strategies.

This volume is the first to integrate mathematical and biological approaches to these crucial topics. The editors include not only a wide variety of theoretical approaches, but also a broad range of experimental and field studies, with chapters written by renowned experts in community ecology, ecological modeling, population genetics, and conservation biology.

In addition to providing new insights into well-known topics such as migration, the authors also introduce some less familiar subjects, including bacterial population genetics and ecotoxicology. For anyone interested in the study, management, and conservation of populations, this book will prove to be a valuable resource.

396 pages | 2 halftones, 48 line drawings, 13 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1996

Biological Sciences: Ecology

Table of Contents

Introduction: Spatiotemporal Approaches in Ecology and Genetics: The Road Less Traveled by Olin E. Rhodes, Jr. and Eugene P. Odum.
1: Metapopulation Ecology
Ilkka Hanski
2: Sources and Sinks: Empirical Evidence and Population Consequences
H. Ronald Pulliam
3: Multistage Life Cycles
Henry M. Wilbur
4: Overlapping Generations: The Storage Effect and the Maintenance of Biotic Diversity
Nelson G. Hairston, Jr., Stephen Ellner, Colleen M. Kearns.
5: Sources of Variation in Migratory Movements of Animal Populations: Statistical Inference and a Selective Review of Empirical Results for Birds
James D. Nichols
6: Consequences of Dispersal in Plants
James L. Hamrick, John D. Nason.
7: Gene Conservation
Ronald K. Chesser, Olin E. Rhodes, Jr., Michael H. Smith.
8: Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Bacterial Population Genetics
J. Vaun McArthur
9: Toward the Incorporation of Spatiotemporal Dynamics into Ecotoxicology
Raymond J. O’Connor
10: Landscape Processes and Their Significance to Biodiversity Conservation
Larry D. Harris, Thomas S. Hoctor, Sarah E. Gergel.
Synthesis: Science and the Singular Universe
Ronald K. Chesser
List of Contributors

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