A synthesis of long-term ecological research on the Upper Rhone River in the context of concurrently developed ecological theory
Statzner, B.; Resh, V. H.; Doledec, S.
Using sites from the Upper Rhône River, France, as an example, we identify essential elements needed to test current ecological theories with previously collected data. The habitat templet concept was selected for analysis because this concept, which links ecological responses to a templet of spatial - temporal habitat variability, is a focus of current ecological debate and potentially may serve as a general tool for ecologically oriented river management. Ecologically sound river management may be based on two key points of this synthesis: that the habitat acts as a templet for species traits, and that composite taxonomic groups represent relatively homogeneous assemblages of species-trait characteristics. The use of statistical approaches developed in this project to analyse other long-term datasets may clarify remaining questions about the applicability of habitat templet theory to river ecology.