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Community assembly and the emergence of ecosystem pattern
Levin, S.A.; Dushoff, J.; Keymer, J.E. (2001). Community assembly and the emergence of ecosystem pattern. Sci. Mar. (Barc.) 65(S2): 171-179.
In: Scientia Marina (Barcelona). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Institut de Ciènces del Mar: Barcelona. ISSN 0214-8358; e-ISSN 1886-8134, more
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Gili, J.-M.; Pretus, J.L.; Packard, T.T. (Ed.) (2001). A Marine Science Odyssey into the 21st Century. Scientia Marina (Barcelona), 65(S2). Institut de Ciències del Mar: Barcelona. 326 pp., more
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    community assembly, competitive coexistence, ecosystem pattern, patch dynamics, Redfield ratios, resiliency

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  • Levin, S.A.
  • Dushoff, J.
  • Keymer, J.E.

    A fundamental problem challenging natural scientists is to understand how macroscopic patterns, such as population abundance distributions and element ratios, emerge and are sustained in ecosystems, given that evolution typically operates most strongly at the level of individuals and their genomes. How do such patterns persist in the face of evolutionary innovation? In this paper, we explore this issue through dynamical models of community assembly and metapopulation dynamics in dynamic landscapes, and discuss individual-based approaches to the control of element cycles.

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