Spatial patterns and coexistence mechanisms in systems with unidirectional flow.

  title={Spatial patterns and coexistence mechanisms in systems with unidirectional flow.},
  author={Frithjof Lutscher and Edward McCauley and Mark A. Lewis},
  journal={Theoretical population biology},
  volume={71 3},
River ecosystems are the prime example of environments where unidirectional flow influences the dispersal of individuals. Spatial patterns of community composition and species replacement emerge from complex interplays of hydrological, geochemical, biological, and ecological factors. Local processes affecting algal dynamics are well understood, but a mechanistic basis for large scale emerging patterns is lacking. To understand how these patterns could emerge in rivers, we analyze a reaction… CONTINUE READING

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