The inflationary effects of environmental fluctuations in source-sink systems.

  title={The inflationary effects of environmental fluctuations in source-sink systems.},
  author={Andrew Gonzalez and Robert D. Holt},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={99 23},
Ecological communities are open to the immigration of individuals and are variable through time. In open habitats immigration may permit populations of a species to persist locally even though local biotic and abiotic processes tend to exclude such "sink" populations. A general model for a sink population reveals that autocorrelated environmental variation can dramatically inflate local abundance and that such populations display a characteristic "outbreak" pattern. An experimental protist… CONTINUE READING

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