Campus Units

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2-2005

Journal or Book Title

Ecology

Volume

86

Issue

2

First Page

539

Last Page

540

DOI

10.1890/0012-9658(2005)86[539:AMOM]2.0.CO;2

Abstract

The notion of the “metapopulation” (or “population of populations”) has been kicking around for a while. Richard Levins first introduced the term in the late 1960s, but an inkling of the biological importance of the spatial sub-structuring of species has been around much longer. In the 1960s, the island biogeography theory of MacArthur and Wilson considered the dynamic interplay of extinction and colonization in determining distributions of organisms within a fragmented (island) landscape. The idea has even earlier roots in the population genetics literature, where the idea can be traced back to the 1930s and Sewell Wright's shifting balance theory.

Comments

This book review is from Ecology 86 (2005): 539, doi: 10.1890/0012-9658(2005)86[539:AMOM]2.0.CO;2. Posted with permission.

Rights

Copyright by the Ecological Society of America

Copyright Owner

Ecological Society of America

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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