Population growth rates: Determining factors and role in population regulation


Internal Report 438
Bayliss P & Choquenot D
Supervising Scientist Division
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

About the report

Animal populations vary in abundance over time. Some populations have declined towards extinction and others have increased dramatically. The patterns of, and reasons for, such variation have been topics of active research for decades. Recent developments in the field, such as more detailed case studies and refined mathematical analysis, allow greater exploration of why populations vary in abundance. The Royal Society held a discussion meeting in London between 6-7 February 2002 on 'Population growth rates: Determining factors and role in population regulation' that examined the recent developments for animal populations around the world and provided directions for future research and wildlife management. The papers from a conference at which Peter Bayliss and Dr David Choquenot presented, on one theme: 'The numerical response function: rate of increase and food limitation in herbivores and predators' were published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London B)(2002) issue 357. Subsequently all papers were published by the Royal Society separately in a book. Details of the conference, the paper, book and seminar are outlined in this Internal Report.