Landscape Ecology: Spatial Heterogeneity in Ecological Systems

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Science  21 Jul 1995:
Vol. 269, Issue 5222, pp. 331-334
DOI: 10.1126/science.269.5222.331


Many ecological phenomena are sensitive to spatial heterogeneity and fluxes within spatial mosaics. Landscape ecology, which concerns spatial dynamics (including fluxes of organisms, materials, and energy) and the ways in which fluxes are controlled within heterogeneous matrices, has provided new ways to explore aspects of spatial heterogeneity and to discover how spatial pattern controls ecological processes.