Selection-delayed population dynamics in baleen whales and beyond

  title={Selection-delayed population dynamics in baleen whales and beyond},
  author={Lars Witting},
  journal={Population Ecology},
While it is known that population cycles are driven by delayed density-dependent feedbacks, the search for a common feedback mechanism in natural populations with cyclic dynamics has remained unresolved for almost a century. To identify the existence and cause of delayed feedbacks I apply six age- and sex-structured population dynamics models to seven species of baleen whales (suborder Mysticeti) that were heavily depleted by past commercial whaling. The six models include a predator–prey model… CONTINUE READING