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Lecture 19: Succession & Stability

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Change and communities and ecosystems

What is succession?
What happens at the community level during succession? (review from last unit)
What happens to ecosystem components and processes during succession?


Primary Succession-
Secondary Succession-
Pioneer Community-
Climax Community-
Commonly studied using a space-for-time swap.

Primary Succession at Glacier Bay, Alaska

Primary Succession and species richness

Tempo of community change during primary succession

Primary succession and ecosystem properties

Primary succession and ecosystem properties
Properties that increase
Properties that decrease

Secondary Succession and community properties

Secondary Succession at Hubbard Brook

Secondary Succession and Ecosystem Properties

Secondary Succession and Ecosystem Properties

Biomass Accumulation Model

How might this relate to nutrient retention?

Succession at Sycamore Creek

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . Baker, M. A., factpetersen. (2008, March 26). Lecture 19: Succession & Stability. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License