Evaluating Causes and Mechanisms of Succession in the Mediterranean Regions in Chile and California

  • Juan J. Armesto
  • Patricia E. Vidiella
  • Hector E. Jiménez
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 108)


Succession is a central concept of ecology. Understanding the causes and mechanisms that change vegetation in ecological time can help answer practical (management) as well as theoretical (community-assemblage) questions. Approaches based on accepting one or a few broadly applicable mechanisms have proved disappointing (e.g., Connell and Slatyer 1977; Finnegan 1984). A modern view of succession requires that we consider the multiple forces that drive vegetational change and their interactions (Pickett et al. 1987; Walker and Chapin 1987; Burrows 1990). In this chapter we use a multifactorial analysis to compare successional mechanisms in two regions distinguished by broad climatic and physiognomic resemblance: central Chile and California (Thrower and Bradbury 1977).


Seed Bank California Chaparral Anthropogenic Fire Chaparral Shrub Lightning Fire 
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  • Juan J. Armesto
  • Patricia E. Vidiella
  • Hector E. Jiménez

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