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Ecosystem Spatial Heterogeneity: Formation, Consequences, and Feedbacks

Abstract An understanding of the formation of spatial heterogeneity is important because spatial heterogeneity leads to functional consequences at the ecosystem scale; however, such an understanding is still limited. Particularly, research simultaneously considering both external variables and internal feedbacks (self-organization) is rare, partly because these two drivers are addressed under different methodological frameworks. In this dissertation, I show the prevalence of internal feedbacks and their interaction with heterogeneity in the preexisting template to form spatial pattern. I use a variety of techniques to account for both the top-down template effect and bottom-up self-organization. Spatial patterns of nutrients in stream surface water ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Dong, Xiaoli (Author) / Grimm, Nancy B (Advisor) / Muneepeerakul, Rachata (Advisor) / Franklin, Janet (Committee member) / Heffernan, James B (Committee member) / Sabo, John (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ecology / Environmental science / Desert streams / Ecosystem ecology / Feedbacks / Hydrology / Self-organization / Spatial heterogeneity
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 320 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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