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Unformatted text preview: – Ecological communities are weakly integrated, with variable & historically contingent composition – Succession is a recurrent process, not just a short trip to climax or stability – In many ecosystems, succession is irregular or unpredictable, and system can "flip" into a new state unpredictably – Disturbance plays key role in ecological dynamics & community composition; many species and ecological communities would be unable to persist without a regular pattern of disturbances ("disturbance regime") Deciding whether equilibrium or disequilibrium dynamics best describes any particular case can be difficult, but ecologists mostly agree that ecosystems are far more complicated & unpredictable than portrayed in the old equilibrium paradigm...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10