Life Table Analysis in Population Ecology

  • Robert van den Bosch
  • P. S. Messenger
  • A. P. Gutierrez


Given equivalent immigration and emigration, the rates of population births and deaths determine whether populations grow or decline. Immigration and emigration rates are, however, unlikely to be equal, and thus often influence the pattern of population growth. These notions are captured in Figure 7.1. Movements into and out of populations are difficult to assess in nature and are not dealt with directly, but the former would be analogous to births and the latter to deaths in this context.


Natural Enemy Life Table Prey Density Population Ecology Host Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert van den Bosch
    • 1
  • P. S. Messenger
    • 1
  • A. P. Gutierrez
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Biological ControlUniversity of California, BerkeleyAlbanyUSA

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