Local stability. • Alternate stable states. Page Alternate stable states. Time. Parameter. Min. Max. Page Richard Lewontin. “The meaning of stability” . R. C. Lewontin, “The meaning of stability,” Brookhaven Symposia in Biology, vol. 22, pp. 13–24, Lewontin RC () The meaning of stability. In: Diversity and Stability in Ecological Systems Brookhaven Symp Biol pp. 13– PubMed.

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DudgeonRichard B. In the early s, a rapid sea otter population decline ca. Article citations Lewontin RC The meaning of stability. The two types of giant eucalypt forests also exhibited greater overall functional similarity to each other than to any of the open vegetation types.

Robustness and Contingent History: This paper has been referenced on Twitter 3 times over the past 90 days. EulissDonald O. We conclude that tropical and temperate giant eucalypt forests are ecologically and functionally convergent.

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Findings suggest that although urchin barrens provide more abundant urchin prey, individual urchins are smaller and provide lower biomass and potential energy density compared to kelp forests. BlancoChih-Wei YuB.

The background and some current problems of theoretical ecology Robert P. We analysed a set of functional traits: Our results have important implications for giant eucalypt forest management.


MushetOwen P. Phase shifts and stable states on coral reefs Steve R.

Moving from Ecological Conservation to Restoration: By clicking accept or continuing to use the site, you agree to the terms outlined in our Privacy PolicyTerms of Serviceand Dataset License. Citations Publications citing this paper. We therefore created predictions of patterns in plant functional traits that would test the alternative stable states model of these systems.

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McKennaJames W. In multivariate analyses, tropical and temperate rainforest diverged functionally, and both segregated from open vegetation. Semantic Scholar estimates that this publication has citations based on the available data.

Interplay between stochastic and deterministic processes in the maintenance of alternative community states in Verrucomicrobia-dominated shallow lakes. Kelp Forests versus Urchin Barrens: Rohr The Journal of animal ecology For most traits, giant eucalypt forest was similar to rainforest, while rainforest, particularly tropical rainforest, was tge different from the open vegetation.

Citation Statistics Citations 0 10 20 ’74 ’84 ’95 ’06 ‘ In general, predator removal causes prey community shifts stabiluty one or few algal or invertebrate competitive dominants to proliferate. In ecological studies in the Aleutian Islands, the presence and absence of dense sea otter populations can instigate state shifts between two alternately stable nearshore communities, one dominated by kelp and the other by sea urchins [11—13].


This study examined otter prey abundance, size, biomass, and potential energy density in remnant kelp forest and urchin-dominated communities to determine if alternate stabilit states affect prey quality. Although debated, prey quality changes have been implicated in current otter population status. The lack of clear functional differentiation from rainforest suggests that giant eucalypt forests are unstable states within the basin of attraction of rainforest.

Skip to search form Skip to main content. Introduction Natural communities can exist at multiple stable points in time or space [1].

The meaning of stability.

Significant changes in the abundance of key lewonyin are widely cited as evidence of phase shifts [5, 6] but see [7] and have been documented both experimentally [8] and empirically [9, 10] in coastal marine ecosystems. See our FAQ for additional information. Such states are nontransitory, persist over ecologically relevant timescales, and are therefore considered domains of stable equilibrium [2, 3].

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