Have you heard of the Allee effects?
If you thought it is do with Alleles and genes, you are not alone. It is not related to that, but it is an even more interesting idea in ecology and evolution. The Journal of Animal Ecology has just published a Special Feature on the Allee effects covering various aspects of it.
Before you read the papers in the Special Feature, you might like a quick primer on what is the Allee effect, what causes it and what are its applications. So for this episode of the Field Reports podcast, I spoke with the main guest editor for the special issue, Dr Andrew Kramer of the University of Georgia.
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Credits: Photographs provided by Andrew Kramer, Meghan Duffy, and Creative Commons open licence; Music: Nihilore_Artifice (Freemusicarchive), Sound effects: Zedge.net, Additional footage: Videvo.org.