An understanding of the dynamics of populations is critically important to ecologists, evolutionary biologists, wildlife managers, foresters, and many other biologists. This edited treatise brings together the latest research on how populations fluctuate in size, the factors that drive these changes, and the theories explaining how populations are regulated. The book also includes specific chapters dealing with insects of economic importance.
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Observation and Comparative Approaches:P. Turchin, Population Regulation: Old Arguments and a New Synthesis.A.F. Hunter, Ecology, Life History and Phylogeny of Outbreak and Nonoutbreak Species.N. Cappuccino, H. Damman, and J.-F. Dubuc, Spatial Behavior and Temporal Dynamics of Outbreak and Nonoutbreak Species.M.J. Auerbach, E.F. Connor, and S. Mopper, Minor Miners and Major Miners: Population Dynamics of Leaf-Mining Insects.
Mechanisms and Processes of Population Dynamics:R.F. Denno and M.A. Peterson, Density-Dependent Dispersal and its Consequences for Population Dynamics.S. Harrison and N. Cappuccino, Using Density-Manipulation Experiments to Study Population Regulation.I. Hanski and M. Kuussaari, Butterfly Metapopulation Dynamics.S.J. Walde, Internal Dynamics and Metapopulations: Experimental Tests with Predator-Prey Systems.J. Roland and P.D. Taylor, Herbivore-Natural Enemy Interactions in Fragmented and Continuous Forests.G. Dwyer, Simple Models and Complex Interactions.J.H. Myers and L. Rothman, Field Experiments to Study Regulation of Fluctuating Populations.M.C. Rossiter, Impact of Life History Evolution on Population Dynamics: Predicting the Presence of Maternal Effects.
Case Studies:C. Solbreck, Long-Term Population Dynamics of a Seed-Feeding Insect in a Landscape Perspective.T. Ohgushi, Adaptive Behavior Produces Stability in Herbivorous Lady Beetle Populations.P.W. Price, T.P. Craig, and H. Roininen, Working Toward Theory on Galling Sawfly Population Dynamics.J.D. Reeve, M.P. Ayres, and P.L. Lorio, Host Suitability, Predation, and Bark Beetle Population Dynamics.G.E. Belovsky and A. Joern, The Dominance of Different Regulating Factors for Rangeland Grasshoppers.
Conclusion:P.W. Price and M.D. Hunter, Novelty and Synthesis in the Development of Population Dynamics.