Chaos in ecological systems: The coals that Newcastle forgot

W. M. Schaffer, M. Kot

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Until recently, ecologists have ignored the possibility that chaos may be an important component of ecological systems. With the development of powerful new concepts and techniques for the study and detection of chaotic systems, it is becoming apparent that chaos may be widespread in nature, and may necessitate a fundamental reappraisal of many ideas in community and population ecology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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