Splitting the tail of the displacement kernel shows the unimportance of kurtosis.

@article{Lindstrm2008SplittingTT,
  title={Splitting the tail of the displacement kernel shows the unimportance of kurtosis.},
  author={Tom Lindstr{\"o}m and Nina H{\aa}kansson and Lars A Westerberg and Uno Wennergren},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={89 7},
  pages={1784-90}
}
Animals disperse in space through different movement behaviors, resulting in different displacement distances. This is often described with a displacement kernel where the long-distance dispersers are within the tail of the kernel. A displacement with a large proportion of long-distance dispersers may have impact on different aspects of spatial ecology such as invasion speed, population persistence, and distribution. It is, however, unclear whether the kurtosis of the kernel plays a major role… CONTINUE READING