Seeking New Recruits

Science  15 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5562, pp. 2023-2024
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070514

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It is very difficult to quantitatively determine how the life history of a population of animals affects the population size, but this is important for conservation planning. In their Perspective, Coulson and colleagues discuss new work ( Sæther et al.) that uses comparative population dynamics to show that the different life histories of species result in predictable differences in population size fluctuations.