Dispersal functions and spatial models: expanding our dispersal toolbox

J M J Travis, D R French

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A brief review of recent metapopulation literature indicates that dispersal functions are generally highly simplified. We suggest that this oversight can often make the results of such models misleading. A number of factors are considered that can affect the patterns and functions of this potentially complex process, including conditional and "intelligent" dispersal, and dispersal distance. If a system is to be considered in spatially explicit terms then dispersal is an essential component. It follows therefore that a more thorough consideration of this fundamental population process is to be encouraged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-165
Number of pages3
JournalEcology Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2000


  • community-dependent
  • density-dependent
  • distance
  • metapopulation
  • rate
  • site selection
  • persistence
  • transients
  • pattern


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