Ecological compensation-a complication for testing life-history theory

Richard Sibly, Peter Calow

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    Mortality, growth and birth rates cannot vary independently in stable populations, environmental change of one variable must be accompanied by compensatory variation of another. Ecological compensation is recognized if the stable populations are genetically identical. Ecological compensation, if it operates, constrains the direction of evolutionary change, and predictions that ignore it may be in error.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)177-186
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Mar 21 1987


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