Markov chain analysis of succession in a rocky subtidal community.

  title={Markov chain analysis of succession in a rocky subtidal community.},
  author={Megan Hill and Jon D Witman and Hal Caswell},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={164 2},
We present a Markov chain model of succession in a rocky subtidal community based on a long-term (1986-1994) study of subtidal invertebrates (14 species) at Ammen Rock Pinnacle in the Gulf of Maine. The model describes successional processes (disturbance, colonization, species persistence, and replacement), the equilibrium (stationary) community, and the rate of convergence. We described successional dynamics by species turnover rates, recurrence times, and the entropy of the transition matrix… CONTINUE READING
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