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Frontiers in Population Ecology of Microtine Rodents : a Pluralistic Approach to the Study of Population Ecology

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Title: Frontiers in Population Ecology of Microtine Rodents : a Pluralistic Approach to the Study of Population Ecology
Authors: STENSETH, Nils Chr. Browse this author
SAITOH, Takashi Browse this author
YOCCOZ, Nigel G. Browse this author
Keywords: Clethrionomys rufocanus
experimental manipulation and testing
mathematical modeling
patterns and processes
statistical modeling
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Society of Population Ecology
Journal Title: Researches on population ecology
Volume: 40
Issue: 1
Start Page: 5
End Page: 20
Abstract: Current challenges for the study of population ecology of microtine rodents are reviewed. Comparisons with other taxonomic groups (insects, birds, large mammals) are given throughout. A major challenge is to link patterns and processes (i.e. mechanisms) better than is the case today. Other major challenges include the furthering of our understanding of the interaction between deterministic and stochastic processes, and as part thereof, the interaction between density-dependent and density-independent processes. The applicability of comparative studies on populations exhibiting different temporal patterns is, in this connection, emphasized. Understanding spatio-temporal dynamical patterns is another major challenge, not the least from a methodological point of view. Long-term and large-scale ecological data on population dynamics (in space and time) are critical for this. Looking for consistency between hypothesized mechanisms and observed patterns is emphasized as a good platform for further empirical and theoretical work. The feedback process between different approaches to the study of microtine population ecology (observational studies, experimental manipulative studies, statistical modeling and mathematical modeling) are discussed. We recommend a pluralistic approach (involving both observational and experimental as well as theoretical studies) to the study of small rodent ecology.
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