Habitat Patch Connectivity and Population Survival

  title={Habitat Patch Connectivity and Population Survival},
  author={L. Fahrig and G. Merriam},
  • L. Fahrig, G. Merriam
  • Published 1985
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • We constructed a patch dynamics model which can be used to simulate the changing sizes of resident populations in a series of interconnected habitat patches. We applied the model to white—footed mice (Peromyscus Leucopus) inhabiting patches of forest in an agricultural landscape. The model predicts that mouse populations in isolated woodlots have lower growth rates and are thus more prone to extinction than those in connected woodlots. Field data support this prediction. 
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