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Population cycles and outbreaks of small rodents: ten essential questions we still need to solve

Andreassen, Harry P. and Sundell, Janne and Ecke, Frauke and Halle, Stefan and Haapakoski, Marko and Henttonen, Heikki and Huitu, Otso and Jacob, Jens and Johnsen, Kaja and Koskela, Esa and Luque-Larena, Juan Jose and Lecomte, Nicolas and Leirs, Herwig and Marien, Joachim and Neby, Magne and Ratti, Osmo and Sievert, Thorbjorn and Singleton, Grant R. and van Cann, Joannes and Vanden Broecke, Bram and Ylonen, Hannu (2021). Population cycles and outbreaks of small rodents: ten essential questions we still need to solve. Oecologia. 195 , 601-622
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Abstract

Most small rodent populations in the world have fascinating population dynamics. In the northern hemisphere, voles and lemmings tend to show population cycles with regular fluctuations in numbers. In the southern hemisphere, small rodents tend to have large amplitude outbreaks with less regular intervals. In the light of vast research and debate over almost a century, we here discuss the driving forces of these different rodent population dynamics. We highlight ten questions directly related to the various characteristics of relevant populations and ecosystems that still need to be answered. This overview is not intended as a complete list of questions but rather focuses on the most important issues that are essential for understanding the generality of small rodent population dynamics.

Authors/Creators:Andreassen, Harry P. and Sundell, Janne and Ecke, Frauke and Halle, Stefan and Haapakoski, Marko and Henttonen, Heikki and Huitu, Otso and Jacob, Jens and Johnsen, Kaja and Koskela, Esa and Luque-Larena, Juan Jose and Lecomte, Nicolas and Leirs, Herwig and Marien, Joachim and Neby, Magne and Ratti, Osmo and Sievert, Thorbjorn and Singleton, Grant R. and van Cann, Joannes and Vanden Broecke, Bram and Ylonen, Hannu
Title:Population cycles and outbreaks of small rodents: ten essential questions we still need to solve
Series Name/Journal:Oecologia
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:195
Page range:601-622
Number of Pages:22
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:0029-8549
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Density dependence, Phase dependence, Voles, Mice, Lemmings
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110273
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110273
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DOI10.1007/s00442-020-04810-w
Web of Science (WoS)000603172300001
ID Code:22961
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:07 Apr 2021 09:03
Metadata Last Modified:07 Apr 2021 09:11

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