Metapopulation dynamics and the quality of the matrix.

  title={Metapopulation dynamics and the quality of the matrix.},
  author={John H. Vandermeer and Ra{\'u}l Carvajal},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={158 3},
In both strictly theoretical and more applied contexts it has been historically assumed that metapopulations exist within a featureless, uninhabitable matrix and that dynamics within the matrix are unimportant. In this article, we explore the range of theoretical consequences that result from relaxing this assumption. We show, with a variety of modeling techniques, that matrix quality can be extremely important in determining metapopulation dynamics. A higher-quality matrix generally buffers… CONTINUE READING
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