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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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Dispersal and Geographic Ranges in the Sea

Dispersal and Geographic Ranges in the Sea

(p.227) Chapter Nine Dispersal and Geographic Ranges in the Sea
Marine Macroecology

Steven D. Gaines

Sarah E. Lester

Ginny Eckert

Brian P. Kinlan

Rafe Sagarin

Brian Gaylord

University of Chicago Press

Explorations of range edges have been historically somewhat divorced from studies of geographical variation in population size. The emerging data on patterns of abundance across entire species' ranges and modeling work predicting patterns of abundance under different dispersal and oceanographic scenarios both suggest that it could be fruitful to further study the potential for dispersal to influence geographic patterns of population size. In examining these three issues, the chapter stresses the value of a multifaceted approach to macroecological studies. These insights were gained by a combination of empirical documentation of large-scale patterns for different life history groups, modeling efforts, and critical examinations of mechanistic hypotheses.

Keywords:   dispersal distance, sea, marine systems, macroecological characteristics, geographic ranges

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