My Musings – Ecological Succession
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Wikipedia. Ecological succession is the process of change in the species structure of an ecological community over time. The time scale can be decades (for example, after a wildfire), or even millions of years after a mass extinction.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_succession

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Ecological Succession notes from Penn State University. Within any community some species may become less abundant over some time interval, or they may even vanish from the ecosystem altogether. Similarly, over some time interval, other species within the community may become more abundant, or new species may even invade into the community from adjacent ecosystems. This observed change over time in what is living in a particular ecosystem is “ecological succession”.

http://www.psu.edu/dept/nkbiology/naturetrail/succession.htm

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Succession: A Closer Look:  What do volcanoes, glaciers, sand dunes, storms, agriculture, and fire have in common? They all initiate the process of succession in communities.

https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/succession-a-closer-look-13256638

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From Khan Academy : Communities are dynamic and change over time, and we can observe this process with particular clarity after a disturbance or on new land. Learn about  primary and secondary succession, as well as pioneer species. Created by Sal Khan.

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/ecology/community-structure-and-diversity/v/ecological-succession

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The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Succession

http://www.differencebetween.net/science/difference-between-primary-and-secondary-succession/

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Ecological Succession In The Desert

http://education.seattlepi.com/ecological-succession-desert-5078.html

In deserts, primary succession could occur on a sand dune or a fresh lava flow. Bacteria or seeds of colonizing species find a foothold where a microclimate offers a pocket of increased moisture and protection. These original colonizers form biofilms and put down roots that stabilize the upper layer of soil and break down rocks. The improved soil can hold more moisture and support other plants, which crowd out the original colonizers. Eventually the ecosystem may be able to support grasses and finally woody shrubs, if there is enough water.

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Prairie Ecological Succession

http://urbanecologycenter.org/blog/plant-community-highlight-prairie-ecological-succession.html

A secondary prairie succession study that was done in two different locations in Juneau and Dunn Counties with the same sandy habitat located near the contact zone of prairie and northern pine-hardwood forest.

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How Can Ecological Succession Change A Population ?

https://socratic.org/questions/how-can-ecological-succession-change-a-population

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Human Ecology – Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development

http://www.gerrymarten.com/human-ecology/chapter06.html#p1

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Ecological Succession : A Teaching Resource

https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/ecological-succession

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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

2 Responses to “My Musings – Ecological Succession”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Fascinating! Thank you!

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