Matrix Structure Obscures the Relationship between Interpatch Movement and Patch Size and Isolation

  title={Matrix Structure Obscures the Relationship between Interpatch Movement and Patch Size and Isolation},
  author={Darren J. Bender and Lenore Fahrig}
Metapopulation models assume that local population size (in a habitat patch) and therefore local extinction probability, is a function of patch size, and that interpatch movement rate and therefore recolonization of local extinctions is a function of both patch size and patch isolation. We hypothesized that the predictive power of models that relate patch immigration rate to patch size and isolation will be reduced when spatial structure in the landscape matrix (the nonhabitat portion of the… CONTINUE READING
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