Spatial Pattern Analysis



Spatial pattern analysis can potentially play a key role in developing an understanding of spatial processes in ecological systems. There are three basic modes of discovery that can take advantage of pattern analysis : (1) exploratory analysis of ecological pattern as a mechanism for determining the critical ecological processes involved in pattern formation; (2) a direct examination of the relationship between pattern and process in ecological systems; and (3) characterization of pattern produced in modeling studies as a predictive tool for generating testable hypotheses. To date, pattern analysis has been an underutilized statistical approach in ecological studies, particularly in critically assessing the patterns produced by spatially explicit ecological models. I am actively involved in developing a better appreciation of the role of pattern analysis in ecological studies through instruction and research and recently published a book co-authored with Thorsten Wiegand on the analysis of spatial point pattern analysis in ecology.


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