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Population dynamic consequences of delayed life-history effects

Publiceringsår: 2002
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 263-269
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Volym: 17
Nummer: 6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Elsevier


Evidence from wildlife and human populations indicates that conditions during early development can have marked effects on the subsequent performance of individuals and cohorts. Likewise, the effects of maternal and, more generally, parental environments can be transferred among individuals between generations. These delayed life-history effects are found consistently and suggestions have been made that they can be one source of both variability and of delayed density dependence in population dynamics. Assessments of several different time series indicate that population variability and delayed density dependence are common and that understanding the mechanisms giving rise to them is crucial for the interpretation and application of such models to basic and applied research. Therefore, it is necessary to assess the different ways in which history in the life history might give rise to variability and delayed density dependence in population dynamics. Here, we build on recent appraisals of the pervasive influence of past environmental conditions on current and future fitness and link the details of these life-history studies to classic features of population dynamics.


  • Biological Sciences


  • ISSN: 1872-8383

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