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The Subtidal Ecology of Rocky Coasts: Local-regional- Biogeographic Patterns and Their Experimental Analysis

Sean D. Connell and Andrew D. Irving

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/9780226904146.003.0015
The Subtidal Ecology of Rocky Coasts: Local-regional- Biogeographic Patterns and Their Experimental Analysis

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People are becoming increasingly aware that ecologists work on local patterns that are likely to represent the outcome of special and unique events incorporate variation from broad to local scales. For those interested in the discovery of detail, local patterns appear to have an infinite supply. For those interested in the existence of generalities, it is encouraging to observe that general patterns and responses can emerge from complexity on local scales. This realization, together with the need for a renewed effort for carefully planned sampling and experimentation across broad scales, suggests that there are opportunities to test some of the more interesting questions about the relative importance of processes across vast parts of the world's coast.

Keywords: marine ecologists; macroecology; local-regional patterns; scale-dependent patterns; structured assessments; rocky coasts

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Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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