Determining Process Through Pattern: Reality or Fantasy?

  • Kirk A. Moloney
Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 96)


Terrestrial ecologists are becoming increasingly aware of the need to understand the dynamics of ecological systems across a range of spatial and temporal scales (e.g., Wiens 1989, Denslow 1990, Chesson 1990). Part of the reason for this interest is a growing awareness of the largescale ecological problems impacting society. For example, global warming, acid rain, deforestation, and the development of the antarctic ozone hole all involve processes acting over a very broad range of spatial scales. Unfortunately, we are faced with a fundamental problem in understanding the relationship between these broad-scale environmental problems and basic ecological processes. This is due in large part to the approaches traditionally employed by ecologists.


Autocorrelation Function Disturbance Regime Autocorrelation Analysis Annual Grassland Initiation Probability 
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