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Biological filtering of correlated environments: towards a generalised Moran theorem

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 783-792
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Oikos
Volym: 116
Nummer: 5
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Wiley-Blackwell


Many species from diverse taxa are known to display synchronous fluctuations across vast geographical ranges. It is often thought that climate factors influencing the growth of conspecific populations are correlated over large distances and hence produce the synchronous population dynamics - an effect known as the Moran effect. However, for species embedded in a food web the Moran effect needs not necessarily influence the focal species directly, but can act indirectly through other species. Such an indirect synchronization can also occur in an age-structured population, where the correlated environment of one age-class causes synchronous fluctuations of another. Here, we investigate this indirect Moran effect. We find first of all that synchrony is readily transferred through food webs or between age classes, which complicates the identification of the underlying synchronizing factor. Secondly, we find puzzling cases, where synchrony is enhanced as it is filtered through a food web or between age-classes. Our results also apply to systems of different species, but with closely matching dynamics.


  • Biological Sciences


  • ISSN: 1600-0706

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