Monday, 30 August 2010

August review for F1000

Optimal management strategies to control local population growth or population spread may not be the same. Shea K, Jongejans E, Skarpaas O, Kelly D, Sheppard AW Ecol Appl 2010 Jun 20(4):1148-61

Our Review
Mark Lonsdale: Faculty of 1000 Biology, 16 Aug 2010
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This paper provides a good example of how a model for population processes can be used to inform management decisions at a regional scale for an invasive plant, Carduus nutans. Mechanistic approaches in both population dynamics and dispersal simulation are combined to good effect in this study. Modellers are increasingly using such methods in spatial ecology to achieve a better understanding of drivers that can lead to important management strategy recommendations, as demonstrated here.