Review

Nature 396, 41-49 (5 November 1998) | doi:10.1038/23876

Metapopulation dynamics

Ilkka Hanski1

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Metapopulation biology is concerned with the dynamic consequences of migration among local populations and the conditions of regional persistence of species with unstable local populations. Well established effects of habitat patch area and isolation on migration, colonization and population extinction have now become integrated with classic metapopulation dynamics. This has led to models that can be used to predict the movement patterns of individuals, the dynamics of species, and the distributional patterns in multispecies communities in real fragmented landscapes.

  1. Ilkka Hanski is in the Department of Ecology and Systematics, Division of Population Biology, PO Box 17 (Arkadiankatu 7), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.