Plotting Multiple Distributions on a Single Plot
October 29, 2015
Description: Creating plots that illustrate how a response variable changes over an environmental gradient for multiple spatial scales.
Ecologists must think critically about the system within which they are working, in part because research questions usually involve ecological processes and phenomena that span multiple spatial and temporal scales. Unfortunately, complex ecological relationships are not intuitive when they have more than 3 dimensions. However, it is still important to consider how ecological gradients influence the response of interest for each level in the hierarchy. Therefore, I like to make conceptual diagrams, figures, or plots.
Note: This example illustrates a way to generate a vector of numbers using some common distribution functions and how to graph all the distributions in a one general plot.
For this next example, I will plot the theoretical distributions of local versus regional biodiversity across an environmental gradient (Productivity).
Spatial Ecology @ MSU
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