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boundary, synthesis, definition, framework, scale

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We introduce a collection of articles that proposes conceptual and methodological tools to advance the integrated study of ecological boundaries. A number of studies are germane to understanding the structure and function of boundaries over a wide array of ecological systems and scales. However, these studies have not been unified in a consistent theoretical framework. To integrate these seemingly disparate studies and to advance future research on boundaries, these articles present a common conceptual framework, a classification of the different types of boundaries and their potential functions, and statistical and modeling approaches that can be applied to a wide range of systems, processes, and scales. We summarize the themes that emerge from these articles and suggest questions to guide future research.

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Published as "An Interdisciplinary and Synthetic Approach to Ecological Boundaries," Bioscience, Vol. 53, No. 8 (August 2003), p. 717-722 © 2003 the Regents of the University of California/American Institute of Biological Science.

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