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The role of metapopulations in conservation

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The role of metapopulations
in conservation
H. Resit Akc¸akaya, Gus Mills
and C. Patrick Doncaster
Nothing in the world is single;
All things, by a law divine,
In one another's being mingle.
(Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792­1822), `Love's Philosophy')
Wherever wildlife management concerns the
movement of individuals across structured
habitat, its scale of operations will encompass
metapopulation dynamics. The goal of this
essay is to review the potential applications of
metapopulation concepts and models in reserve
design and conservation management. Our
perspective is forward-looking. We show how
some key problems of where to direct conser-


Source: Akçakaya, H. Resit - Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology