Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122) Geography is very important in ecology. Two major systems have been designed to model this, island biogeography and metapopulations. The idea of metapopulations is more recent, and has emerged as the dominant theory. Metapopulations are populations in multiple neighboring areas. The population of a species in any individual area may go extinct, but the metapopulation still survives. The theory of metapopulations has gained momentum in recent years because of its applications to epidemiology, the study of diseases. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 06:25 - Chapter 2. Island Biogeography 12:33 - Chapter 3. Critique of Island Biogeography 18:25 - Chapter 4. Metapopulations 32:52 - Chapter 5. Analogy Between Metapopulations and Epidemiology Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
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