Chapter 7. Metapopulation, Source–Sink and Disturbance Dynamics

  1. William J. Sutherland Professor of Biology
  1. Martha F. Hoopes and
  2. Susan Harrison

Published Online: 14 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch7

Conservation Science and Action

Conservation Science and Action

How to Cite

Hoopes, M. F. and Harrison, S. (1998) Metapopulation, Source–Sink and Disturbance Dynamics, in Conservation Science and Action (ed W. J. Sutherland), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch7

Editor Information

  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of East, Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

Author Information

  1. Division of Environmental Studies, University of California at Davis, Davis, California 95616, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427624

Online ISBN: 9781444313499



  • metapopulation, source-sink and disturbance dynamics;
  • fragmentation effects on population and community dynamics;
  • conservation biology and rise and fall of island biogeography theory;
  • metapopulation theory and dynamics of semi-independent population sets;
  • viability of species and patch numbers and sizes;
  • model of metapopulation dynamics by habitat fragmentation;
  • metapopulation theory - useful framework for thought;
  • source-sink models - population dynamics in habitat patches;
  • source-sink models and conservation biology;
  • disturbance dynamics - interplay, species diversity and rate and intensity of disturbance


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Metapopulation theory

  • Source–sink dynamics

  • Disturbance dynamics

  • Conclusion