Puget Sound Institute Lead Ecosystem Ecologist Tessa Francis is co-author of a paper in the journal Science this month. The article, “Transient phenomena in ecology” reviews current knowledge of transient dynamics within ecosystems. The authors say the paper shows a need to consider short-term ecological changes as well as long-term, and that “basing either management or interpretation of ecological observations only on long-term dynamics can be seriously flawed.”
Hastings, A., Abbott, K. C., Cuddington, K., Francis, T., Gellner, G., Lai, Y. C., Morozov, A., Petrovskii, S., Scranton, K. and Zeeman, M. L. (2018). Transient phenomena in ecology. Science, 361(6406), eaat6412.