Between extinction and survival of endangered populations
12 / 07 / 2017, Eureka Alert
Populations of endangered species reach a critical point and therefore, efforts to predict and prevent their extinction require a thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms. In a new study published in EPJ B, Hatem Barghathi has investigated how environmental disturbance at random times could cause strong fluctuations in the number of individuals in biological populations. They found that environmental disorder can lead to a period of slow population increase interrupted by sudden population collapses.