Skeletons, noise and population growth: The end of an old debate?

Tim Coulson, Pejman Rohani, Mercedes Pascual

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Population dynamics models remain largely deterministic, although the presence of random fluctuations in nature is well recognized. This deterministic approach is based on the implicit assumption that systems can be separated into a deterministic part that captures the essential features of the system and a random part that can be neglected. But is it possible, in general, to understand population dynamics without the explicit consideration of random fluctuations? Here, we suggest perhaps not, and argue that the dynamics of many systems are a result of interactions between the deterministic nonlinear skeleton and noise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-364
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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