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Lev R. Ginzburg

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Influential Papers

This is a recent rating of all Ecology papers since Darwin. One of the papers below (Ginzburg & Jensen, 2004) made it into the list of 100 best.

Courchamp, F., and Bradshaw, J. A. C. (2018) 100 articles every ecologist should read. Nature: ecology and evolution. PDF

Risk Analysis

Ferson, S. and Ginzburg, L. R. 1996. Different methods are needed to propagate ignorance and variability. Reliability Engineering and Systems Safety 54:133-144. PDF

Ginzburg, L. R., Ferson, S. and Akçakaya, H. R. 1990. Reconstructability of density dependence and the conservative assessment of extinction risk. Conservation Biology 4:63-70. PDF

Ginzburg, L. R., Slobodkin, L. B., Johnson, K. and Bindman, A. G. 1982. Quasiextinction probabilities as a measure of impact on population growth. Risk Analysis 2: 171-181 PDF

Mathematical Ecology

Ginzburg, L. R. and Jensen, C. X. J. 2004. Rules of thumb for judging ecological theories. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19: 121-126. PDF

Abrams, P. A. and Ginzburg, L. R. 2000. The nature of predation: prey-dependent, ratio-dependent, or neither? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 15: 337-341. PDF

Ginzburg, L. R. and Taneyhill, D. E. 1994. Population cycles of forest Lepidoptera: a maternal effect hypothesis. Journal of Animal Ecology 63: 79-92. ​PDF

Ginzburg, L. R. and Akçakaya, H. R. 1992. Consequences of ratio-dependent predation for steady state properties of ecosystems. Ecology 73(5):1536-1543. PDF

Arditi, R. and Ginzburg, L. R. 1989. Coupling in predatory-prey dynamics: ratio-dependence .Journal of Theoretical Biology 139:311-326. PDF

Recent Papers

Colyvan, M., J. Damuth, and L.R Ginzburg. 2019. The Dawn of Universal Ecology. The Scientist Magazine® 33(11): 20-21. PDF


Spagnolo, F., P. Cristofari, N. P. Tatonetti, L.R. Ginzburg, and D.E. Dykhuizen. 2018, Pathogen Population Structure Can Explain Hospital Outbreaks. The ISME Journal 12(12): 2835-2843.  PDF


Borrelli, J., Allesina, S., Arditi, R., Chase, I., Damuth, J., Holt, R., Logofet, D., Rohr, R., Rossberg, A., Spencer, M., Tran, K., and Ginzburg, L.R., 2015, Selection on stability across ecological scales.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution , 30(7), 417-425. PDF

Ginzburg L, Krebs C. 2015 Mammalian cycles: internally defined periods and interaction-driven amplitudes. PeerJ 3:e1180 PDF

Borrelli J.J., and L.R. Ginzburg. 2014.  Why there are so few trophic levels: selection against instability explains the pattern.  Food Webs. 1:10-14. PDF

Arditi, R. Ginzburg, L.R. 2014, Improving communications between theoretical ecologists, mathematical ecologists, and ecological modelers. Theoretical Ecology 7:21-22. PDF

Colyvan, M.  and Ginzburg, L.R. 2012, Ecological laws. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson: Oxford University Press, New York. PDF

Ginzburg, L.R. 2011,  Recollections of unforgettable encounters with Alexey Andreevich Lyapunov.  In “A. Lyapunov: 100 year anniversary of  birth”, edited by Lyapunova, N.A., GEO, Novosibirsk, Russia, p. 322-323 (in Russian). PDF

Colyvan, M. and Ginzburg, L.R. 2010. Analogical thinking in ecology: looking beyond disciplinary boundaries. Quarterly Review of Biology 2:171-182. PDF

Ginzburg, L.R., Burger, O., and Damuth, J. 2010. The May threshold and life history allometry. Biology Letters 6:850-853. PDF

Ginzburg, L.R. and Ferson, S. 2009. Citations, anonymous ideas, and ecological engineering. Evolutionary Ecology Research-Special Issue honoring Larry Slobodkin, 11(3). Link

Inchausti, P. and Ginzburg, L.R. 2009. Maternal effects mechanism of population cycling: a formidable competitor to the traditional predator-prey view. Phil.Tran. R. Soc. B. 364:1117-1124. PDF

Burger, O. and Ginzburg, L. 2009. On size and extinction: a random walk model predicts the body size of lowest risk for mammals. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 11(7), 1017-1029. PDF

Ginzburg, L.R and Damuth, J. 2008.  The space-lifetime hypothesis: viewing organisms in four dimension, literally.  American Naturalist 171:125-131. PDF

Ginzburg, L.R., and Jensen, C.XJ. 2008. From controversy to consensus: the indirect interference functional response.  SIL Biology 30/2, April 2008. PDF

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