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Population Fluctuations in Rodents$
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Charles J. Krebs

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226010359

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226010496.001.0001

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Self-Regulation Hypotheses for Fluctuations

Self-Regulation Hypotheses for Fluctuations

(p.175) Chapter Eleven Self-Regulation Hypotheses for Fluctuations
Population Fluctuations in Rodents

Charles J. Krebs

University of Chicago Press

Self-regulation hypotheses suggest that interactions between individuals in a population cause demographic changes which produce population fluctuations. Two types of self-regulation mechanisms cause population fluctuations in rodents: the stress hypothesis and the polymorphic behavior hypothesis. This chapter discusses the formulation of these hypotheses and the experiments used to test both hypotheses on small rodents.

Keywords:   self-regulation hypotheses, population, population fluctuations, rodents, stress, polymorphic behavior

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