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Ecological OrbitsHow Planets Move and Populations Grow$
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Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.001.0001

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Ecological Orbits

Lev Ginzburg

Mark Colyvan

Oxford University Press

The term “inertia” was first used in population ecology in relation to the property of overshooting equilibria due to any one of a variety of causes. This chapter tries to flesh out the details of a general account of inertia in population growth that can accommodate a number of possible mechanisms. To motivate this discussion, the chapter considers a couple of difficulties for the maternal effect. Both difficulties concern the inadequacy of existing data and require a little technical detail.

Keywords:   Mathusian invariance, density dependence, mathematical models, maternal effect

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