Ecology, Genetics and Evolution of Metapopulations

Ecology, Genetics and Evolution of Metapopulations

1st Edition - February 26, 2004

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  • Editors: Ilkka Hanski, Oscar Gaggiotti
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080530697
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123234483

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Ecology, Genetics and Evolution of Metapopulations is acollection of specially commissioned articles that looks at fragmented habitats, bringing together recent theoretical advances and empirical studies applying the metapopulation approach. Several chapters closely integrate ecology with genetics and evolutionary biology, and others illustrate how metapopulation concepts and models can be applied to answer questions about conservation, epidemiology, and speciation. The extensive coverage of theory from highly regarded scientists and the many substantive applications in this one-of-a-kind work make it invaluable to graduate students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of all aspects of metapopulation biology, integrating ecology, genetics, and evolution
  • Developed by recognized experts, including Hanski who won the Balzan Prize for Ecological Sciences
  • Covers novel applications of the metapopulation approach to conservation


Population geneticists, theoretical ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and anyone interested in structure of populations. Researchers, faculty and graduate students in these and related disciplines. Libraries at institutions with strong programs in population biology, ecology and genetics.

Table of Contents

  • Table of contents
    Chapter 1 Metapopulation biology: Past, present, and future
    Chapter 2 Metapopulation dynamics: Perspectives from landscape ecology
    Chapter 3 Continuous-space models for population dynamics
    Metapopulation ecology
    Chapter 4 Metapopulation dynamics in highly fragmented landscapes

    Chapter 5 Application of stochastic patch occupancy models to real metapopulations
    Chapter 6 From metapopulations to metacommunities
    Metapopulation genetics
    Chapter 7 Selection and drift in metapopulations
    Chapter 8 Metapopulations and coalescent theory
    Chapter 9 Metapopulation quantitative genetics: The quantitative genetics of population differentiation
    Evolutionary dynamics in metapopulations
    Chapter 10 Life history evolution in metapopulations
    Chapter 11 Selection in metapopulations: The co-evolution of phenotype and context
    Chapter 12 Speciation in metapopulations
    Integration and applications
    Chapter 13 Causes, mechanisms and consequences of dispersal
    Chapter 14 Mechanisms of population extinction
    Chapter 15 Multilocus genotype methods for the study of metapopulation processes
    Chapter 16 Ecological and evolutionary consequences of source-sink population dynamics
    Chapter 17 Metapopulation dynamics of infectious diseases
    Chapter 18 Towards a metapopulation concept for plants
    Chapter 19 Long-term study of a plant-pathogen metapopulation
    Chapter 20 Metapopulation dynamics in changing environments: Butterfly responses to habitat and climate change
    Chapter 21 Inferring pattern and process in small mammal metapopulations: Insights from ecological and genetic data
    Chapter 22 Metapopulation dynamics and reserve network design
    Chapter 23 Viability analysis for endangered metapopulations: A diffusion approximation approach

Product details

  • No. of pages: 696
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: February 26, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080530697
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123234483

About the Editors

Ilkka Hanski

Hanski obtained his first degree in zoology and botany in 1976 from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and his D.Phil. in zoology in 1979 from the University of Oxford. Since then he has been a postdoctoral researcher and faculty member at the University of Helsinki and is currently research professor in the Academy of Finland, where he directs the Metapopulation Research Group, one of the national Centers of Excellence in Research. In addition, he has served on the scientific advisory board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and has been on the steering group of the DIVERSITAS Programme on Biodiversity. He was foreign vice president of the Society for the Study of Evolution. He has served on the editorial boards of Trends in Ecology and Evolution, The American Naturalist, Journal of Insect Conservation, Global Change Biology, Annales Zooligici Fennici, Oecologia, Oikos, and Theoretical Population Biology. In 1999, he received the International Ecology Institute Prize in Terrestrial Ecology as well as the President's Gold Medal from the British Ecological Society. In 2000, Hanski was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 2001, he received the Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Helsinki, Finland

Oscar Gaggiotti

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Helsinki, Finland

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