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Statistical Analysis of Polychaete Population Density: Dynamics of Dominant Species and Scaling Properties in Relative Abundance Fluctuations : Volume 19, Issue 1 (05/01/2012)

By Quiroz-martinez, B.

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Title: Statistical Analysis of Polychaete Population Density: Dynamics of Dominant Species and Scaling Properties in Relative Abundance Fluctuations : Volume 19, Issue 1 (05/01/2012)  
Author: Quiroz-martinez, B.
Volume: Vol. 19, Issue 1
Language: English
Subject: Science, Nonlinear, Processes
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Schmitt, F. G., Dauvin, J., & Quiroz-Martinez, B. (2012). Statistical Analysis of Polychaete Population Density: Dynamics of Dominant Species and Scaling Properties in Relative Abundance Fluctuations : Volume 19, Issue 1 (05/01/2012). Retrieved from

Description: Univ. Lille Nord de France, 59000 Lille, France. We consider here the dynamics of two polychaete populations based on a 20 yr temporal benthic survey of two muddy fine sand communities in the Bay of Morlaix, Western English Channel. These populations display high temporal variability, which is analyzed here using scaling approaches. We find that population densities have heavy tailed probability density functions. We analyze the dynamics of relative species abundance in two different communities of polychaetes by estimating in a novel way a mean square drift coefficient which characterizes their fluctuations in relative abundance over time. We show the usefulness of using new tools to approach and model such highly variable population dynamics in marine ecosystems.

Statistical analysis of polychaete population density: dynamics of dominant species and scaling properties in relative abundance fluctuations

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