1: Introduction 2: What theory actually tells us about multiple stable states 3: Detection of multiple stable states 4: Experimental evidence 5: Catastrophe theory 6: Hallmarks of catastrophes 7: Other modeling approaches 8: Four common misconceptions 9: Using temporal and spatial patterns as evidence 10: Where do we go from here?
Peter Petraitis is a Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and an ecologist known for his work in rocky intertidal shores in Maine where he has been working since 1981. He also works in Mongolia studying the impacts of climate change and nomadic herding on steppe grasslands in Lake Hoevsgoel National Park. Professor Petraitis received his Ph.D. in ecology from Stony Brook University in 1979 and was a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.
`Less frequently than the occurrence of a blue moon, a monograph comes along that not only crystallizes an entire field of research but also is such a good read that once one picks it up, s/he won't put it down until every page has been absorbed. Peter Petraitis' Multiple stable states in natural ecosystems is just such a book.' Aaron M. Ellison, Ecology `A very accomplished text, providing a concise overview of a complex subject with admirable clarity. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anybody working in the field of environmental management or conservation. ' Christopher P Cesar, African Journal of Range & Forage Science