Linking environmental variability to population and community dynamics

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Linking population and community responses to environmental variability lies at the heart of ecology, yet methodological approaches vary and existence of broad patterns spanning taxonomic groups remains unclear. We review the characteristics of environmental and biological variability. Classic approaches to link environmental variability to population and community variability are discussed as are the importance of biotic factors such as life history and community interactions. In addition to classic approaches, newer techniques such as information theory and artificial neural networks are reviewed. The establishment and expansion of observing networks will provide new long-term ecological time-series data, and with it, opportunities to incorporate environmental variability into research. This review can help guide future research in the field of ecological and environmental variability.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Linking environmental variability to population and community dynamics
Chapter 7
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 13 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Eco-DAS IX: Symposium proceedings
First page 119
Last page 131
Conference Title Eco-DAS IX: Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences
Conference Location Honolulu, HI
Conference Date October 11-16, 2010
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