Space and Time in Ecology: Noise or Fundamental Driver?


In this chapter I frame the central issue of the book, namely is spatial and temporal complexity in ecological systems merely noise around the predictions of non-spatial, equilibrium processes? Or, alternatively, do spatial and temporal variability in the environment and autogenic space—time processes in populations fundamentally alter system behavior such that ideal models of nonspatial and equilibrium processes do not represent the fundamental dynamics of ecological systems?


Community Structure Interspecific Competition Competitive Exclusion Ecological Theory Equilibrium Process 
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