Ecotones: marginal or central areas of transition?

Kark, Salit and van Rensburg, Berndt J. (2006) Ecotones: marginal or central areas of transition?. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 52 1: 29-53. doi:10.1560/IJEE.52.1.29


Author Kark, Salit
van Rensburg, Berndt J.
Title Ecotones: marginal or central areas of transition?
Journal name Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1565-9801
Publication date 2006-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1560/IJEE.52.1.29
Volume 52
Issue 1
Start page 29
End page 53
Total pages 25
Place of publication Jerusalem, Israel
Publisher Science from Israel - LPP
Language eng
Abstract Areas of environmental transition, where ecological communities coincide, are sometimes termed ecotones. These regions often correspond with sharp environmental gradients. Ecotones occur at multiple spatial scales, ranging from transitions between biomes to local small-scale transitions. In recent years ecotones have received increasing scientific attention after being neglected for years, as studies historically often focused on distinct communities. However, it is still debatable whether these transitional regions are speciation and biodiversity hotspots that deserve special conservation interest or are actually areas that hold marginal populations that depend on other parts of the range for the maintenance of their biodiversity and therefore should not deserve primary investment. This paper discusses some of the recent advancements in our understanding of the role of ecotones in ecology, evolution, and conservation.
Keyword Boundaries
Boundary detection methods
Ecotones
Review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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