Competition for Space and the Structure of Ecological Communities

  • Peter Yodzis

Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
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    Pages 1-27
  3. Peter Yodzis
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  4. Peter Yodzis
    Pages 39-72
  5. Peter Yodzis
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  6. Peter Yodzis
    Pages 106-115
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 116-194

About this book


This volume is an investigation of interspecific competition for space, particularly among sessile organisms, both plant and animal, and its consequences for community structure. While my own contribu­ tion ----and the bulk of this volume --- lies in mathematical analysis of the phenomenon, I have also tried to summarize the most important natural historical aspects of these communities, and have devoted much effort to relating the mathematical results to observations of the natural world. Thus, the volume has both a synthetic and an analytic aspect. On the one hand, I have been struck by certain similarities among many communities, from forests to mussel beds, in which spatial com­ petition is important. On the other hand, I have analyzed this pheno­ menon by means of reaction-dispersal models. Finally, the mathematical analysis has suggested a conceptual framework for these communities which, I believe, further unifies and illuminates the field data. A focal perception of this work is that, just as niche relations provide an appropriate expression of the influence of resource compe­ tition on community structure, so do dominance relations provide an appropriate expression of the influence of spatial competition.


Biomathematik Calculation Konkurrenz (Biol.) Spaces function mathematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Yodzis
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität BernBernSwitzerland

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-08936-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-93097-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0341-633X
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