Spatiotemporal scaling of species richness: patterns, processes andimplications
D. Storch; P.A. Marquet; J.H. Brown
Cambridge University Press
The resemblance between time and space, in its simplest form, may be seen by driving a stake into the open water of a lake and then taking a transect toward the shore. We pass first through planktonic vegetation, then perhaps water lilies, then marsh, then grass-land, then a succession of forest stages to climax forest. But we can pass through the same succession in the same order without moving at all. We may just sit by the stake for a few years or centuries and the seral stages will come to us one after the other as the lake fills in or drains.
White, E.P. 2007. Spatiotemporal scaling of species richness: patterns, processes and implications. Pages 325346 in D. Storch, P.A. Marquet, and J.H. Brown, editors. Scaling Biodiversity. Cambridge University Press.