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Population Fluctuations in Rodents

Charles J. Krebs


How did rodent outbreaks in Germany help to end World War I? What caused the destructive outbreak of rodents in Oregon and California in the late 1950s, the large population outbreak of lemmings in Scandinavia in 2010, and the great abundance of field mice in Scotland in the spring of 2011? Population fluctuations, or outbreaks, of rodents constitute one of the classic problems of animal ecology, and this book sifts through the last eighty years of research to draw out exactly what we know about rodent outbreaks and what should be the agenda for future research. The author has synthesized the ... More

Keywords: rodent outbreaks, lemmings, field mice, population fluctuations, animal ecology, voles, rats, reproduction, mortality, predation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226010359
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226010496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles J. Krebs, author