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Population dynamics: Nature’s dynamical complexity


A large-scale, cross-taxa analysis reveals high nonlinearity and limited long-term predictability in the dynamics of animal populations Dynamics of animal populations fluctuate in a variety of ways. They may periodically oscillate, wax and wane irregularly, boom-and-bust, or alternate between periods with different types of fluctuations. All these complex patterns are driven by a combination of biotic and abiotic factors, either stochastic or deterministic 1. As a consequence it is notoriously hard to understand and predict population dynamics. Writing in this issue of Nature Ecology and Evolution, Clark and Luis 2 analyse the temporal dynamics of a large collection of animal populations to demonstrate that, in more than half of the cases, their dynamics are nonlinear and difficult to predict.
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Vasilis Dakos. Population dynamics: Nature’s dynamical complexity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2020, 4 (1), pp.12-13. ⟨10.1038/s41559-019-1077-x⟩. ⟨hal-03051867⟩
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