Effects of ecotones on biodiversity

Kark, Salit (2013). Effects of ecotones on biodiversity. In Simon A. Levin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Biodiversity 2nd ed. (pp. 142-148) Oxford: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00234-3

Author Kark, Salit
Title of chapter Effects of ecotones on biodiversity
Title of book Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
Place of Publication Oxford
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Chapter in reference work, encyclopaedia, manual or handbook
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00234-3
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9780123847232
Editor Simon A. Levin
Volume number 3
Start page 142
End page 148
Total pages 7
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Ecotones are areas of steep transition between ecological communities, ecosystems, or ecological regions along an environmental gradient. Ecotones occur at multiple spatial scales and range from natural boundaries to human-generated ecotones. Various studies have shown that species richness and abundances tend to peak in ecotonal areas, though exceptions to these patterns occur. Recent evidence suggests that ecotones may also be speciation centers. Some researchers argue that ecotones deserve high conservation investment, potentially serving as speciation and biodiversity centers. Because ecotones are often small in size and relatively rich in biodiversity, their conservation may be cost effective.
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 13 Jan 2014, 14:39:20 EST by Salit Kark on behalf of School of Biological Sciences