Basin-Scale Oceanographic Influences on Marine Macroecological Patterns

James J. Leichter and Jon D. Witman

in Marine Macroecology

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226904115
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226904146 | DOI:
Basin-Scale Oceanographic Influences on Marine Macroecological Patterns

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This chapter provides an overview of known and potential links between oceanographic forcing mechanisms, biological processes acting at scales of individual organisms to communities, and the resulting macroecological patterns. It provides an overview of a range of physical processes that may influence and modify macroecological patterns, and suggests promising avenues for future research. The chapter pays particular attention to phenomena acting on large spatial scales of ocean basins, as it is at these scales that macroecological patterns are most likely to occur and be recognized. The chapter suggests that it is time to broaden the perspective on oceanographic forcing of marine populations, communities, and ecosystems.

Keywords: organism; communities; oceanographic influence; marine; ocean basin

Chapter.  8956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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