Multiple-scale patterns in ecosystems


Many ecosystems display complex spatial patterning at multiple spatial scales, particularly on  mussel beds, seagrass, and coral reefs ecosystems. Using a theoretical model, we reveal the underlying mechanisms of the nested patterns development in mussel beds (Nature Communications, 2014 (5) 5234, doi: 10.1038/ncomms6234). 

  "This novel model analysis reveals that the interaction between these behavioural and ecosystem-level mechanisms increases mussel bed resilience, enables persistence under deteriorating conditions and makes them less prone to catastrophic collapse. Our analysis highlights that interactions between different forms of self-organization at multiple spatial scales may enhance the intrinsic ability of ecosystems to withstand both natural and human-induced disturbances." is coming from the abstract of paper.


Areas of research

  • Ecology