Allee Effects in Ecology and Conservation by Franck Courchamp

By Franck Courchamp

Allee results are (broadly) outlined as a decline in person health at low inhabitants dimension or density. they could bring about serious inhabitants thresholds less than which populations crash to extinction. As such, they're very appropriate to many conservation programmes, the place scientists and executives are usually operating with populations which have been decreased to low densities or small numbers. there are a selection of mechanisms which may create Allee results together with mating platforms, predation, environmental amendment, and social interactions. The abrupt and unexpected collapses of many exploited populations is only one representation of the necessity to convey Allee results to the leading edge of conservation and administration suggestions. Allee results in Ecology and Conservation presents a concise but authoritative assessment of the subject, collating and integrating a extensively dispersed literature from numerous fields - marine and terrestrial, plant and animal, theoretical and empirical, educational and utilized. This available textual content, with its transparent and easy causes of either empirical observations and theoretical predications is especially compatible for pro and educational ecologists requiring an outline of the state of the art in Allee impression learn, in addition to for graduate scholars in inhabitants ecology and conservation biology. it's going to even be of relevance to a large readership of pros in conservation and administration requiring a concise precis of the subject.

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Some animals, most notably birds, aggregate together particularly for breeding. This colonial breeding is not the same as cooperative breeding (discussed below), where individuals other than the parents help to raise young; here we are simply talking about individual pairs raising chicks in close proximity to other pairs, without any inter-pair cooperation. The costs and benefits of coloniality have been studied most closely in seabird species, some 98% of which nest in colonies (Lack 1968, Rolland et al.

Other than these 'pointers', and unlike with pollination or broadcast spawning, it is difficult to predict a priori whether this mechanism will exist in a given population. g. 3. Differences between fertilization in plants and aquatic invertebrates We have seen that there are many similarities in reproductive dynamics between plants and broadcast spawning invertebrates, including the possibility of Allee effects. However, there are also significant differences, and it is interesting to consider why this might be.

2007) and Stephens and Sutherland (2000). References given in text. Mechanism How it works Component Allee effects in reproduction Broadcast Lower probability of sperm and egg meeting spawning in water column at low population density Examples Several echinoderm species (Fig. 1), corals; most broadcast spawners? , Fig. 2. Examples of probable demographic Allee effect, with associated mechanism. Species Mechanism Evidence Human impacts? Refs Banksia goodii Pollination failure Reproductive failure of smallest populations Yes—habitat loss and fragmentation Lamontetal.

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