Experimental studies of extinction dynamics

  title={Experimental studies of extinction dynamics},
  author={Belovsky and Mellison and Larson and PA VanZandt},
  volume={286 5442},
Extinction of populations occurs naturally, but global extinction rates are accelerating, making understanding extinction a high priority for conservation. Extinction in experimental populations of brine shrimp (Artemia franciscana) was measured to assess hypothesized extinction processes. Greater initial population size, greater maximum population size supported by the environment, and lower variation in environmental conditions reduced the likelihood of extinction, as hypothesized. However… CONTINUE READING
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