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Critical landscape attributes that influence fish population dynamics in headwater streams

  • Isaac J. Schlosser


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

fish habitat landscape ecology refugin riparian streams 


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  • Isaac J. Schlosser
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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