I’m sure every child was once fascinated by the knowledge that the rings on a tree trunk can tell it’s age. The very fact that the age of a tree can be recorded this way used to be unreal, and to actually count the rings of a cut […]
Have you ever wondered why floodplains host such a variety of life? Why fishes tend to congregate in estuaries for spawning? Why humans have thrived for so long along floodplains? In nature ecosystems transition from one to another gradually or abruptly. These transition zones are extremely important from an ecological […]
When it gets really cold, what happens to your body? First you start shivering. Then, if you don’t take the hint and get warm, some of your body parts become numb. Keep this up, and soon, it’ll become blue. So will your mood. Similarly, what happens when it […]
Ecological Gradient Analysis: How a changing environment dictates community composition across a gradient
Landscape ecology has evolved specifically because of certain phenomena that are unique to the scale at which it is viewed. One such phenomenon is the variation of vegetation along a gradient. This gradation is central to the vegetation continuum concept, which seeks to explain that presence or absence […]
Floodplains are a fascinating piece of landscape. Problem is, we never talk about it. Rivers tend to hog all the limelight. When it comes to economic needs, the river is studied more closely; what fishes can we derive, what is the discharge of the river, whether a dam […]
Patches in landscapes behave like islands in the ocean. This concept is described in the theory of island biogeography, which has applications in restoration and conservation of ecosystems.
The Earth and nature have survived for so long because for most part, they have been in moderate conditions. If extremes have turned up, they have done so slowly (There is a reason every life coach and motivational speaker tries to tell us to live in moderation!). But […]