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Conceptual Overview: Disturbance, Gradients, and Ecological Response

Robert B. Waide and Michael R. Willig

in A Caribbean Forest Tapestry: The Multidimensional Nature of Disturbance and Response

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195334692
eISBN:
9780190267742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195334692.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter examines the causal relationship of physical and climatic gradients to the environmental conditions and resources of the ecosystem. It dwells mainly on the sets of relationships in an ... More


Abiotic and biotic measurements of a plant’s environment

David J. Gibson

in Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology, Second Edition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199671465
eISBN:
9780191792496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671465.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Methods for measuring components of the plant’s biotic and abiotic environment are described. It is stressed that quantifying the effects of the environment on a plant requires measurement of both ... More


Demography, Dispersal, and Connectivity of Populations

David R. Schiel and Michael S. Foster

in The Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780520278868
eISBN:
9780520961098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520278868.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter examines the abiotic environment of giant kelp. Macrocystis requires a hard substratum for settlement and attachment, water temperatures between about 4°C and 20°C, sea-bottom light ... More


Processes Responsible for Patterns in Body Mass Distributions

Brian A. Maurer and Pablo A. Marquet

in Animal Body Size: Linking Pattern and Process across Space, Time, and Taxonomic Group

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226012148
eISBN:
9780226012285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter develops a framework to establish the relative contributions of different kinds of processes to the patterns in body size variation seen within particular collections of species. These ... More


Why are the Tropics so Diverse?

Thomas N. Sherratt and David M. Wilkinson

in Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199548606
eISBN:
9780191917769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199548606.003.0009
Subject:
Environmental Science, Applied Ecology

Our opening quotation describes Charles Darwin’s first experience of tropical forest on 29 February 1832. He had been looking forward to this moment for several years. While completing his studies ... More


How will the Biosphere End?

Thomas N. Sherratt and David M. Wilkinson

in Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199548606
eISBN:
9780191917769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199548606.003.0014
Subject:
Environmental Science, Applied Ecology

This fictional description of the destruction of much of life on Earth comes from a novel by the astronomer Fred Hoyle, co-authored with his son Geoffrey. In the story, the formation of a quasar in ... More


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