Understanding the Ecology Behind the Disturbance Theory

This Focus On session will provide a deep insight into ecological functioning, plant and animal strategies, the processes that determine the composition of habitats and why species are selective in the habitats they choose. 

It will look at why species are rare or not present in some habitats and why they are present in others. It will also consider how we can predict habitat make up and what species we are likely to find and why. 

Learning Outcomes: 
• Factors that dictate vegetation functioning 
• Why species prefer some habitats and not others 
• Processes that influence vegetation and habitat types 
• How to predict vegetation types from indicator species 
• Relate it to the Disturbance Theory and how the same applies to golf surface management 

Presented by Bob Taylor, Senior Consultant, Ecology & Environment, STRI 


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