Allee Effects in Ecology and Conservation by Franck Courchamp PDF


By Franck Courchamp

Allee results are (broadly) outlined as a decline in person health at low inhabitants measurement or density. they could lead to severe inhabitants thresholds lower than which populations crash to extinction. As such, they're very suitable to many conservation programmes, the place scientists and executives are frequently operating with populations which were diminished to low densities or small numbers. there are a number of mechanisms that could 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 carry Allee results to the leading edge of conservation and administration recommendations. Allee results in Ecology and Conservation offers a concise but authoritative assessment of the subject, collating and integrating a commonly dispersed literature from a variety of fields - marine and terrestrial, plant and animal, theoretical and empirical, educational and utilized. This obtainable textual content, with its transparent and easy factors of either empirical observations and theoretical predications is especially compatible for pro and educational ecologists requiring an outline of the cutting-edge in Allee impact 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 execs in conservation and administration requiring a concise precis of the subject.

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They therefore have to rely on the transfer of gametes through the surrounding medium (water or air). In animals this type of reproduction is termed 'broadcast spawning'; in plants, 'pollination'. In essence the Allee effect arises out of the physics of diffusion, which dictates that the further the gametes 'cloud' travels the more dilute it becomes, so individuals in sparse populations are likely to receive fewer gametes, making fertilization less efficient and successful sexual reproduction a potential problem at low density.

Cliff swallows (Petrochelidonpyrrhonota) in larger colonies had lower mortality from predation by great horned owls (Brown and Brown 2004). Colonies of Hutton's and sooty shearwaters (Puffinus huttoni, P. griseus) on the mainland of New Zealand suffer from predation by introduced pigs and stoats, with small colonies having higher rates of adult and chick mortality than larger colonies. In this case, predator dilution is likely to lead to a demographic Allee effect, since small colonies were declining (to extinction in some cases) due to heavy predation, while large colonies could persist (Cuthbert 2002).

Another example is the island fox (Urocyon littoralis), a critically endangered carnivore endemic to the California Channel Islands already mentioned in Chapter 1. The fox provides a convenient system for looking at population size and predation, since different islands support fox populations of different sizes, with predators (golden eagles Aquila chrysaetos) only present on some islands. Golden eagles are the main predators in the system, and consume both foxes and feral pigs, with pigs as the main prey and foxes as secondary prey.

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