, Volume 303, Issue 1, pp 71–81

Critical landscape attributes that influence fish population dynamics in headwater streams


  • Isaac J. Schlosser
    • Department of BiologyUniversity of North Dakota

DOI: 10.1007/BF00034045

Cite this article as:
Schlosser, I.J. Hydrobiologia (1995) 303: 71. doi:10.1007/BF00034045


Three landscape attributes are likely to have strong effects on the rate-dependent processes determining fish population dynamics in headwater streams: (1) functional interactions at terrestrial-aquatic ecotones and their influence on temporal and spatial variation in resource supply and predator-prey interactions, (2) large-scale spatial habitat relationships and their effect on resource use and fish movement, and (3) presence of refugia from harsh environmental conditions and their influence on fish survival and emigration/immigration rates. Elucidating how these factors interact over a range of temporal and spatial scales should be a major goal of lotic fish ecologists.

Key words

fishhabitatlandscape ecologyrefuginriparianstreams

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