Population Responses to Patchy Environments

  title={Population Responses to Patchy Environments},
  author={John A. Wiens},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • J. Wiens
  • Published 1 November 1976
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
discon­ tinuities on many scales in time and space. The patterns of these discontinuities produce an environmental patchwork which exerts powerful influences on the distri­ butions of organisms, their interactions, and their adaptations. Consideration of this environmental patch structure is critical to both the theory and management of populations. Despite the obvious heterogeneity of natural sys­ te.ms, most of the models that form the theoretical fabric of population biology and ecology (and… 
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