Transient phenomena in ecology

Alan Hastings, Karen C. Abbott, Kim Cuddington, Tessa Francis, Gabriel Gellner, Ying-Cheng Lai, Andrew Morozov, Sergei Petrovskii, Katherine Scranton, Mary Lou Zeeman

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Abstract

The importance of transient dynamics in ecological systems and in the models that describe them has become increasingly recognized. However, previous work has typically treated each instance of these dynamics separately. We review both empirical examples and model systems, and outline a classification of transient dynamics based on ideas and concepts from dynamical systems theory. This classification provides ways to understand the likelihood of transients for particular systems, and to guide investigations to determine the timing of sudden switches in dynamics and other characteristics of transients. Implications for both management and underlying ecological theories emerge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbereaat6412
JournalScience
Volume361
Issue number6406
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 7 2018

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    Hastings, A., Abbott, K. C., Cuddington, K., Francis, T., Gellner, G., Lai, Y-C., Morozov, A., Petrovskii, S., Scranton, K., & Zeeman, M. L. (2018). Transient phenomena in ecology. Science, 361(6406), [eaat6412]. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aat6412