Research Highlight: Plant succession as an integrator of contrasting ecological time scales

Novus participant David Wardle (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and his colleague Lawrence Walker (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) recently published an opinion paper assessing plant successional patterns as a link between short- and long-term ecological processes. In the paper, published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the authors show how plant succession is central to frameworks integrating ecological processes, which occur over time scales ranging from seconds to millions of years. The integrated framework that the authors develop helps to understand the impacts of human perturbations on successional trajectories, ecosystem recovery, and global environmental change.

Full Citation:
Walker LR, DA Wardle (2014) Plant succession as an integrator of contrasting ecological time scales, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(9): 504-510, DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.07.002

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