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Disturbance

  • Jere A. Boudell
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Abstract

Disturbance is a natural process that disrupts the environment and can impact species through injury, death, or migration. A disturbance also creates landscape heterogeneity if landscape elements (e.g., logs and soil) are modified or removed. Disturbance can remove competitors and release resources, allowing new species and individuals to occupy the newly available space. These dynamics are referred to as patch/gap dynamics.

Keywords

Disturbance Gap dynamics Patch dynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyClayton State UniversityMorrowUSA

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