Patch Dynamics

  • Simon A. Levin
  • Thomas M. Powell
  • John W. Steele
Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-XIII
  2. Comparing Terrestrial and Marine Ecological Systems

    1. John H. Steele, Steven R. Carpenter, Joel E. Cohen, Paul K. Dayton, Robert E. Ricklefs
      Pages 1-12
  3. Methods and Descriptions: An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-15
    2. Frank W. Davis
      Pages 16-26
    3. Mimi A. R. Koehl, Thomas M. Powell, Geoff Dairiki
      Pages 50-60
    4. Graciela García-Moliner, Doran M. Mason, Charles H. Greene, Agustín Lobo, Bai-lian Li, Jianguo Wu et al.
      Pages 70-89
  4. Concepts and Models: An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 90-92
    2. Roger M. Nisbet, Cheryl J. Briggs, William S. C. Gurney, William W. Murdoch, Allan Stewart-Oaten
      Pages 125-135
    3. Eileen E. Hofmann
      Pages 136-161
    4. Richard Durrett
      Pages 176-183
    5. Douglas H. Deutschman, Gay A. Bradshaw, W. Michael Childress, Kendra L. Daly, Daniel Grünbaum, Mercedes Pascual et al.
      Pages 184-209
  5. Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences: An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 210-212
    2. James S. Clark
      Pages 224-246

About these proceedings


From the preface by Joel E. Cohen: "A century from now humanity will live in a managed - or mismanaged - global garden. We are debating the need to preserve tropical forests. Farming of the sea is providing an increasing part of our fish supply. We are beginning to control atmospheric emissions. In 100 years, we shall use novel farming practices and genetic engineering of bacteria to manipulate the methane production of rice fields. The continental shelf will be providing food, energy, possibly even living space. To make such intensive management possible will require massive improvements in data collection and analysis, and especially in our concepts. A century hence we will live on a wired earth: the oceans and the crust of the earth will receive the same comprehensive monitoring now devoted to weather. As the peoples of currently developing countries increase their levels of wealth, the need for global management will become irresistible as impatience with the accidents of nature and intolerance of mismanagement of the environment - especially of living resources - grow. Our control of physical perturbations and chemical inputs to the environment will be judged by the consequences to living organisms and biological communities. How can we obtain the factual and theoretical foundation needed to move from our present, fragmented knowledge and limited abilities to a managed, global garden?" This problem was addressed in the lectures and workshops of a summer school on patch dynamics at Cornell University. The school emphasized the analysis and interpretation of spatial patterns in terrestrial and marine environments. This book contains the course material of this school, combining general reviews with specific applications.


climate climate change demography ecology ecosystem energy environment forest growth landscape ecology ocean plankton population dynamics soil stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon A. Levin
    • 1
  • Thomas M. Powell
    • 2
  • John W. Steele
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Ecology & Evolutionary BiologyPrinceton UniversityEno Hall, PrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Environmental SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-56525-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-50155-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0341-633X