Regional and Local Vegetation Patterns: The Responses of Vegetation Diversity to Subcontinental Air Masses

  • Ronald P. Neilson
  • George A. King
  • Robert L. DeVelice
  • James M. Lenihan
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 92)


The prospect of global change, fostered by human impacts on the global climate and by extensive alteration of the natural landscape, has raised concerns over the fate of the earth’s natural biological diversity. Unfortunately, a definitive theory on the causes of biological diversity has been elusive. The absence of such a theory makes it difficult to project the consequences of global change on biodiversity. The ideal theory of biodiversity must, at least, be able to explain the spatial patterns of biodiversity and their changes through time. Our intent, in this chapter, is to explore some of the spatial patterns of biodiversity and to propose a few mechanisms that appear to account for much of this pattern. We are particularly attentive to the potential climatic drivers of spatial patterns of biodiversity.


Beta Diversity Alpha Diversity Tall Grass Prairie Gamma Diversity Differential Scaling 
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  • Ronald P. Neilson
  • George A. King
  • Robert L. DeVelice
  • James M. Lenihan

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