Gap and Patch Dynamics

  • Jere A. Boudell
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Gap and patch dynamics refer to functional differences in a landscape matrix, which are initiated by disturbances. Disturbances remove biomass and change the environment. This creates heterogeneity in the environment and provides opportunities for organisms to disperse into newly created spaces and establish.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyClayton State UniversityMorrowUSA

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