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Workshop on population fluctuations of small rodents in European temperate zone and opening a new research area -mathematical modelling

International Workshop “Population fluctuations of small rodents in European temperate zone” was organized on 6-9 November 2003 at MRI, Bialowieza, Poland. Invited guests (12 researchers) presented results of their own research and discussed the main hypothesis on the roles of food and productivity, land use and habitat structure, predation and disease in shaping the densities and population dynamics of voles in the genus Microtus.

Following the workshop, pan-European data on Microtus population dynamics and densities were collected and assembled with the environmental variables, such as local climate, index of habitat productivity, and habitat type. Multivariate analysis aimed at explaining the biogeographic variation in densities and cyclicity was conducted.

The proceedings of the workshop were prepared in the form of a manuscript of scientific paper, co-authored by the Workshop participants and other researchers, who provided unpublished data. There are plans to continue the co-operation in analysing the gathered data on Microtus and prepare yet another joint paper. To process the data gathered, new method of ecological studies - mathematical modelling technique – was introduced at the Institute by full-time employing young specialist and purchasing equipment and software. Mathematical models are being developed primarily for predicting and understanding the dynamics of mammalian populations.

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Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences
Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Waszkiewicza 1c, 17-230 Bialowieza, Poland
17-230 Bialowieza
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