Biogeography and ecology: two views of one world Introduction
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Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci.
biogeography; ecology; regional; spatial scale; temporal scale; COMMUNITY; MACROECOLOGY; DIVERSITY; PATTERNS; SPACE; Biology
Both biogeography and ecology seek to understand the processes that determine patterns in nature, but do so at different spatial and temporal scales. The two disciplines were not always so different, and are recently converging again at regional spatial scales and broad temporal scales. In order to avoid confusion and to hasten progress at the converging margins of each discipline, the following papers were presented at a symposium in the International Biogeography Society's 2011 meeting, and are now published in this issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. In a novel approach, groups of authors were paired to represent biogeographic and ecological perspectives on each of four topics: niche, comparative ecology and macroecology, community assembly, and diversity. Collectively, this compilation identifies points of agreement and disagreement between the two views on these central topics, and points to future research directions that may build on agreements and reconcile differences. We conclude this compilation with an overview on the integration of biogeography and ecology.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences
"Biogeography and ecology: two views of one world Introduction" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1430.