Uses and abuses of fractal methodology in ecology

  title={Uses and abuses of fractal methodology in ecology},
  author={John M. Halley and Stephen B Hartley and Athanasios S Kallimanis and William E. Kunin and Jack J. Lennon and Stefanos P. Sgardelis},
  journal={Ecology Letters},
Fractals have found widespread application in a range of scientific fields, including ecology. This rapid growth has produced substantial new insights, but has also spawned confusion and a host of methodological problems. In this paper, we review the value of fractal methods, in particular for applications to spatial ecology, and outline potential pitfalls. Methods for measuring fractals in nature and generating fractal patterns for use in modelling are surveyed. We stress the limitations and… Expand

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