The many growth rates and elasticities of populations in random environments.

@article{Tuljapurkar2003TheMG,
  title={The many growth rates and elasticities of populations in random environments.},
  author={Shripad D. Tuljapurkar and Carol C. Horvitz and John B. Pascarella},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2003},
  volume={162 4},
  pages={489-502}
}
Despite considerable interest in the dynamics of populations subject to temporally varying environments, alternate population growth rates and their sensitivities remain incompletely understood. For a Markovian environment, we compare and contrast the meanings of the stochastic growth rate (lambdaS), the growth rate of average population (lambdaM), the growth rate for average transition rates (lambdaA), and the growth rate of an aggregate represented by a megamatrix (shown here to equal lambdaM… CONTINUE READING
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