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Latitudinal Gradients in Species Interactions

Eric Sanford and Mark D. Bertness

in Marine Macroecology

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226904115
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226904146 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226904146.003.0014
Latitudinal Gradients in Species Interactions

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Using small-scale field experiments, ecologists have demonstrated convincingly that species interactions often influence local community structure. Rigorously examining such large-scale processes, however, has created logistical and conceptual challenges. The developing discipline of macroecology has encouraged ecologists to address these challenges by recognizing the value of a broader spatial and temporal perspective. Among the most powerful tools to emerge has been the comparative-experimental approach. This approach uses identical experiments replicated along a broad spatial gradient to test the potential influence of changing abiotic and biotic conditions that are not amenable to manipulation.

Keywords: macroecology; abiotic condition; biotic condition; marine species; latitudinal variation; species interaction

Chapter.  13829 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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