Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 62, Issue 5, pp 943–958

Local populations of different sizes, mechanistic rescue effect and patch preference in the Levins metapopulation model

  • Rampal S. Etienne

DOI: 10.1006/bulm.2000.0186

Cite this article as:
Etienne, R.S. Bull. Math. Biol. (2000) 62: 943. doi:10.1006/bulm.2000.0186


In this paper three extensions of the Levins metapopulation model are discussed: (1) It is shown that the Levins model is still valid if patches contain local populations of different sizes with different colonization and extinction rates. (2) A more mechanistic formulation of the rescue effect is presented. (3) The addition of preference of dispersers for occupied or empty patches and its consequences for conservation strategies are studied.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rampal S. Etienne
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  1. 1.Centre for BiometryWageningenThe Netherlands