Emergent patterns in nature and society

To read list…

Here you can find some of the latest papers on regime shifts on my to-read list. Positive Feedbacks in Seagrass Ecosystems by Heide et al describes possible bistability in seagrass ecosystems between turbid/eutrophic states and clear water sea-grass-dominated regime. Although it may be very similar to eutrophication (I haven’t read it yet…), the ecosystem services affected could be substantially different, giving us a new example to work with in the database.

Stability in Ecosystem Functioning across a Climatic Threshold and Contrasting Forest Regimes (by Jeffers et al) challenge the idea that forest composition over successional time scales changes according with nitrogen availability.  They point out that current predictions of future forest dynamics may be biased by over-estimating population response to nitrogen under climate change scenarios.

Alternative Stable States Generated by Ontogenetic Niche Shift in the Presence of Multiple Resource Use by Nakazawa (2011) explores regime shifts in single population dynamics related with demographic structure. Their results suggest that the anthropogenic impacts of habitat modifications (e.g., fragmentation and destruction) or interaction modifications (e.g., changes in ontogeny and foraging behavior) propagate through space and may cause or prevent regime shifts in the regional community structure.

Other suggested readings not necessarily related with regime shifts are:

Ocean Acidification at High Latitudes: Potential Effects on Functioning of the Antarctic Bivalve Laternula elliptica

The Functional Consequences of Mutualistic Network Architecture

Consumer-Resource Dynamics: Quantity, Quality, and Allocation

Happy reading!

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  1. Pingback: CI reports on seagrass importance as carbon storage « Critical Transitions

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