Individual variation and population dynamics: lessons from a simple system.

  title={Individual variation and population dynamics: lessons from a simple system.},
  author={Tim G Benton},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={367 1586},
The mapping of environment, through variation in individuals' life histories, to dynamics can be complex and often poorly known. Consequently, it is not clear how important it is dynamically. To explore this, I incorporated lessons from an empirical system, a soil mite, into an individual-based model. Individuals compete for resource and allocate this according to eight 'genetic' rules that specify investment in growth or reserves (which influences survival or fecundity), size at maturation and… CONTINUE READING
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