Order and chaos in ecological systems.

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Abstract

Systems of differential equations exhibiting complex periodic or chaotic behavior can sometimes be associated with one-dimensional mappings (difference equations) which encapsulate the properties of the attractor governing the full n-dimensional system. Recent advances make it possible to reconstruct the underlying attractor, and hence the one-dimensional map, from time-series data for a single state variable (species). This technique is illustrated with reference to a hypothetical system consisting of a single predator species and 2 species of victims. Trapping records for Canadian lynx Lynx canadensis suggest that the method may have application to real-world populations. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
JournalEcology
Volume66
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

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Order and chaos in ecological systems. / Schaffer, William M.

In: Ecology, Vol. 66, No. 1, 1985, p. 93-106.

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Schaffer, WM 1985, 'Order and chaos in ecological systems.', Ecology, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 93-106.
Schaffer, William M. / Order and chaos in ecological systems. In: Ecology. 1985 ; Vol. 66, No. 1. pp. 93-106.
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