Habitat destruction has left many landscapes increasingly fragmented. Populations of plants and animals living in such fractured landscapes can be isolated from nearby populations. These small isolated populations are called metapopulations because occasional interchanges between isolates occurs. Metapopulation biology explains how the dynamics, long-term survival and evolution of species are affected by habitat fragmentation. The biology of metapopulation has become a key issue in conservation. This volume presents a review of this area of study in population biology. It describes key theories of study and applies the best field studies to the conservation of species in fragmented landscapes. The work explains and critically assesses the value of the metapopulation concept for field studies and conservation.
"The primary value of this book lies in its self-conscious exploration of a paradigm under which ecological and evolutionary models have proliferated without substantial empirical tests."
"...represents an important transformation in the way we think about dynamics of populations, their dispersal and persistence. ...there is something in here for everyone interested in the subject. A particular aspect of the book is the attempt to connect the disciplines of population biology and landscape ecology. This is long overdue and represents a significant step in the progression towards workable models. ...very stimulating and relevant to my interest in conservation genetics."
--BRITISH ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY BULLETIN