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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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Basin-Scale Oceanographic Influences on Marine Macroecological Patterns

Basin-Scale Oceanographic Influences on Marine Macroecological Patterns

(p.205) Chapter Eight Basin-Scale Oceanographic Influences on Marine Macroecological Patterns
Marine Macroecology

James J. Leichter

Jon D. Witman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides an overview of known and potential links between oceanographic forcing mechanisms, biological processes acting at scales of individual organisms to communities, and the resulting macroecological patterns. It provides an overview of a range of physical processes that may influence and modify macroecological patterns, and suggests promising avenues for future research. The chapter pays particular attention to phenomena acting on large spatial scales of ocean basins, as it is at these scales that macroecological patterns are most likely to occur and be recognized. The chapter suggests that it is time to broaden the perspective on oceanographic forcing of marine populations, communities, and ecosystems.

Keywords:   organism, communities, oceanographic influence, marine, ocean basin

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