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MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES Mar Ecol Prog Ser
 

Summary: MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES
Mar Ecol Prog Ser
Vol. 277: 231244, 2004 Published August 16
INTRODUCTION
The distribution and abundance of organisms depends
to some extent on spatial variation in the physical struc-
ture of available habitat (Bell et al. 1991, Rotenberry &
Wiens 1998). Variation in habitat structure to which or-
ganisms may respond exists at several spatial scales
(Maurer 1985, MacFaden & Capen 2002, Williams et al.
2002), and our detection and interpretation of relation-
ships is dependent upon the scale measured (Sherry &
Holmes 1985, Caselle & Warner 1996). Consequently,
studies of relationships between habitat and the distrib-
ution and abundance of target species should be done
at appropriate scales, often leading to studies performed
at multiple scales (Weins 1985, 1989, Sale 1991).
Habitat structure is important in predicting the
abundance and distribution of many taxa, including
birds (MacArthur & MacArthur 1961, Brown & Still-

  

Source: Anderson, Todd - Department of Biology, San Diego State University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology