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Homework Help: Write a paper on ecological patterns

  1. Jan 25, 2006 #1
    Hello,

    I've been searching all over the internet and looking through my ecology book to help me write a paper on ecological patterns.

    However, I'm not sure what an ecological pattern is. Does anyone have any examples I can work off of?

    Thanks,
    Yorkie6
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2006 #2
    If you have access to a university library, I would suggest that you start with this classic paper: Hutchinson, G. E. 1953. The concept of pattern in ecology. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. (Phila) 105:1-12. Also, see the textbook:Eugene Odum : Fundamentals of Ecology, 1971--page 154, where "pattern" is defined as "the structure that results from the distribution of organisms in, and their interaction with, their environment". So, consider these: (1) vertical layering, (2) zonation, (3) activity patterns-periodicity, (4) food-web patterns, (5) reproductive patterns,
    (6) social patterns--herds, flocks, tribes, etc (7) interaction patterns (competition, predation, parasitism, etc., (8) stochastic patterns. Good luck with your report.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2006 #3
    thank you for your help! greatly appreciated :)
     
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