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INERTIAL GROWTH

Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

in Ecological Orbits

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195168167
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0006
INERTIAL GROWTH

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The term “inertia” was first used in population ecology in relation to the property of overshooting equilibria due to any one of a variety of causes. This chapter tries to flesh out the details of a general account of inertia in population growth that can accommodate a number of possible mechanisms. To motivate this discussion, the chapter considers a couple of difficulties for the maternal effect. Both difficulties concern the inadequacy of existing data and require a little technical detail.

Keywords: Mathusian invariance; density dependence; mathematical models; maternal effect

Chapter.  6239 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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