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Marine Macroecology$
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Jon D. Witman and Kaustuv Roy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226904115

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226904146.001.0001

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Latitudinal Gradients in Species Interactions

Latitudinal Gradients in Species Interactions

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(p.357) Chapter Fourteen Latitudinal Gradients in Species Interactions
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Marine Macroecology
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Eric Sanford

Mark D. Bertness

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226904146.003.0014

Using small-scale field experiments, ecologists have demonstrated convincingly that species interactions often influence local community structure. Rigorously examining such large-scale processes, however, has created logistical and conceptual challenges. The developing discipline of macroecology has encouraged ecologists to address these challenges by recognizing the value of a broader spatial and temporal perspective. Among the most powerful tools to emerge has been the comparative-experimental approach. This approach uses identical experiments replicated along a broad spatial gradient to test the potential influence of changing abiotic and biotic conditions that are not amenable to manipulation.

Keywords:   macroecology, abiotic condition, biotic condition, marine species, latitudinal variation, species interaction

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