Peter Chesson

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Metapopulations are about the patchiness of populations in space, and the role of this patchiness in population dynamics, population stability, coexistence of species, and the maintenance of diversity. Strict metapopulations focus on colonization and extinction of local populations. They have important applications in conservation biology. Studies of metapopulations, and their generalization to spatially structured populations, emphasize that patchiness markedly alters population dynamics and the outcomes of species interactions. They have implications for the concepts of equilibrium, nonequilibrium dynamics, and population regulation, and hence for management practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Allee effects
  • Competition
  • Competition-colonization tradeoff
  • Density dependence
  • Disturbance
  • Fitness-density covariance
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Population regulation
  • Predation
  • Recruitment variation
  • Rescue effect
  • Scale transition
  • Spatial and temporal scale
  • Storage effect
  • Succession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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