286 pages, 49 illus
Over the past twenty-five years, the effects of the spatial distribution and scaling of resources on animal populations have been increasingly studied in wildlife biology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, and related fields. However, spatial patterns change over time. In Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to Variable Resources, the authors discuss the effects that temporal changes in resources have on animal populations. Resource availability and quality are not distributed homogeneously over time, depending for example on predictable changes in seasons, mating and birthing cycles, unpredictable resource pulses and weather-related phenomena, ecological disturbances, and historical legacies.
Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology brings together chapters that address the idea of current as well as historical temporal influences on resource availability, quality, and distribution. The authors draw attention to the neglected temporal issues so important to understanding species and community responses.
From the reviews: "Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to Variable Resources ! focuses on the temporal aspect of landscape ecology in relation to wildlife populations. ! The book is divided into three sections: relevant temporal theory, statistics of time, and temporally focused case studies. ! provide the basis for a conceptual framework for addressing both spatial and temporal variation in landscape ecology. In doing so, the book provides fodder for thought on a difficult topic and will become a valuable addition to any landscape ecologist's library." (Sarah E. Lehnen, Landscape Ecology, Vol. 23, 2008)
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