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Title: Pools 'on the rocks': freshwater rock pools as model system in ecological and evolutionary research
Authors: Brendonck, Luc ×
Jocque, Merlijn
Hulsmans, Ann
Vanschoenwinkel, Bram #
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Asociacion Iberoamericana de Limnologia
Series Title: Limnetica vol:29 issue:1 pages:25-40
Conference: 3rd European Pond Conservation Network Workshop edition:3 location:Valencia, Spain date:14 - 16.05.2008
Abstract: Rock pools inarguably exhibit a number of characteristics which make them attractive as a model system in ecological and evolutionary research. They are usually small, pristine, clearly delineated and structurally simple systems that occur on a global scale. They facilitate the quantification of important population and community structuring processes which are often hard or impossible to quantify in larger more complex systems. Basic properties and spatial configuration of rock pools also closely resemble theoretical metapopulation and metacommunity models. Due to the simple morphometry of rock pool basins and the lack of any groundwater interactions, rock pool hydrologies are simple allowing to reliably reconstruct the disturbance regime against which patterns of variation in life histories, population genetics, species diversity and community structure can be interpreted.
ISSN: 0213-8409
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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