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Four common misconceptions

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter presents a detailed explanation on the common misconceptions that occur when ecologists discuss the characteristics of multiple stable states in the natural ecosystem. These four have ... More


What theory actually tells us about multiple stable states

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter examines the differential equations used for the modeling of ecological process of multiple stable states. The equations quickly reveal what experimentalists can test; thus, the ... More


Other modeling approaches

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter examines other modeling approaches developed by ecologists to test the multiple stable states. Most of these approaches tend to fall into one of the two categories: the conceptual ... More


Using temporal and spatial patterns as evidence

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter addresses the problems and issues that arise from trying to infer the existence of multiple stable states from observations of patterns in time and space. Patterns in nature are often ... More


Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Peter Petraitis

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

One of the most interesting and vexing problems in ecology is how distinctly different communities of plants and animals can occur in the same ecosystem. The theory of these systems, known as ... More


Introduction

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This introductory chapter explains how natural ecosystems can appear to be so persistent and susceptible to catastrophic change, such as the replacement of coral reefs with seaweeds; and the ... More


Experimental evidence

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter reviews the different experiments that support the evidence of multiple stable states. Among the thirty-five experiments published between 1980 and 2004 as proof of the multiple stable ... More


Where do we go from here?

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter explains the reason why experimental tests and modeling cannot provide accurate answers to the issues surrounding multiple stable states. It remains an open question if multiple stable ... More


Catastrophe theory

Peter Petraitis

in Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199569342
eISBN:
9780191810084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter focuses on the Catastrophe Theory, particularly its standpoint in the well-known conventional views of multiple stable states. It discusses why the theory has been widely used by ... More


Fisheries Sustainability

Ray Hilborn and Ulrike Hilborn

in Ocean Recovery: A sustainable future for global fisheries?

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198839767
eISBN:
9780191875533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198839767.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Fisheries Sustainability. Sustainability is defined as the ability of a socio-ecological system to continue to produce benefits to humans, and it has three distinct elements: biological, social, and ... More


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