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Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Peter Petraitis


One of the most interesting and vexing problems in ecology is how distinctly different communities of plants and animals can occur in the same ecosystem. The theory of these systems, known as multiple stable states, is well understood, but whether multiple stable states actually exist in nature has remained a hotly debated subject. This book provides a broad and synthetic critique of recent advances in theory and new experimental evidence. Modern models of systems with multiple stable states are placed in historical context. Current theories are covered in a rigorous fashion with the specific ... More

Keywords: community ecology, natural ecosystems, multiple stable states, environmental management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199569342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Petraitis, author
Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, USA