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Effects of regime shifts on the population dynamics of the grey-sided vole in Hokkaido, Japan

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Title: Effects of regime shifts on the population dynamics of the grey-sided vole in Hokkaido, Japan
Authors: Saitoh, Takashi Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Cazelles, Bernard Browse this author
Vik, Jon Olav Browse this author
Viljugrein, Hildegunn Browse this author
Stenseth, Nils Chr. Browse this author
Keywords: Aleutian Low Pressure
Clethrionomys rufocanus
Density dependence
Issue Date: 13-Oct-2006
Publisher: Inter-Research
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
Start Page: 109
End Page: 118
Abstract: We explored the effects of regime shifts (drastic changes usually observed in marine ecosystems, corresponding to climatic variability) in a terrestrial system focusing on a key event that occurred in 1976-77. We used data on the gray-sided vole Clethrionomys rufocanus (Sundevall, 1846) from 89 time series covering 31 yr (1962–1992), recorded in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan, where both cyclic and non-cyclic populations occur. Wavelet analyses demonstrated a clear shift of dynamic patterns in the mid-1970s, presumably resulting from the Aleutian Low Pressure (as measured by the Aleutian Low Pressure Index). The vole populations exhibited erratic fluctuations until the mid- 1970s, and then changed their pattern to cyclic fluctuations at a 4 yr interval. The structure of density dependence changed during the regime shift. Although the strength of direct density dependence was similar, delayed density dependence became stronger after the shift. Altogether these findings suggest that changing climate may affect the ecological interactions among voles, predators and resources.
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Appears in Collections:北方生物圏フィールド科学センター (Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere) > 雑誌発表論文等 (Peer-reviewed Journal Articles, etc)

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