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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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INERTIAL GROWTH

INERTIAL GROWTH

Chapter:
(p.83) SIX INERTIAL GROWTH
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Ecological Orbits
Author(s):

Lev Ginzburg

Mark Colyvan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0006

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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