• Jere A. Boudell
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A patch is an area that is distinguishable within an otherwise fairly homogeneous distribution of one or more landscape elements.

A patch might also refer to an area of resources that becomes available after a tree has fallen or as an ecosystem remnant created via landscape fragmentation. Patchy ecosystems become elements of the overall landscape matrix and contribute to landscape heterogeneity.


Disturbance Habitat Patch Patch/Gap Dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyClayton State UniversityMorrowUSA

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