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Allee Effects in Ecology and Conservation$
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Franck Courchamp, Ludek Berec, and Joanna Gascoigne

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570301

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570301.001.0001

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Conclusions and perspectives

Conclusions and perspectives

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(p.198) 6. Conclusions and perspectives
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Allee Effects in Ecology and Conservation
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Franck Courchamp

Luděk Berec

Joanna Gascoigne

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570301.003.0006

This closing chapter first recapitulates the main notions and information seen in this book, then discusses the main problems related to the definition and to the demonstration of Allee effects; for example with regards to demographic stochasticity or to confounding variables. It also considers interesting ideas that are slightly off the mainstream of Allee effect reflections, such as ecosystem shifts or similar processes in some other scientific disciplines (such as mathematics, social sciences, linguistics). Finally, it considers the likely future of studies on this concept and proposes some avenues for new research, including finding Allee effects in new species, looking for new model taxa, for new types of Allee effects, and considering the broader perspective of community and ecosystem level consequences of this process.

Keywords:   demographic stochasticity, confounding variables, ecosystem shifts, social sciences, future research

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