Matrix Methods for Avian Demography

  • David B. McDonald
  • Hal Caswell
Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 10)


Demography is a tool for understanding population-level dynamics in terms of events (birth, death, maturation, etc.) at the level of the individual. Demographic models are a critical component of theory in population genetics, life history evolution, mating systems, and population biology. Demography is of fundamental concern to conservation biology; the demographic rather than genetic consequences of rarity may be the imminent threat to species facing rapid habitat destruction in many parts of the world (Lande, 1988b).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. McDonald
    • 1
  • Hal Caswell
    • 2
  1. 1.Archbold Biological StationLake PlacidUSA
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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