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Structural complexity of seaweeds

Dr. Sergio Rosso - IBUSP (BR) serrosso at usp.br
Wed Jul 5 23:58:51 EST 1995

Dear Mr. Sibbald:

I thank you very much for your suggestions. I will promptly look for the 
works. On finding them I will keep you informed.
If, by your side, you find additional resources on the matter, please 
send them to me.

Sergio Rosso

 On Tue, 4 Jul 1995, Peter Sibbald wrote:

> hello, i saw your posting on 'news". there was a paper in Science in about
> 1986 on how the "dimensionality" of an environment affected the length
> of food chains. I think it was written by Cohen and some other people
> but cannot recall details. My wife and i wrote a criticism of this work
> but it was not accepted for publication. Essentially we commented that
> the concept of dimension was very different depending on the system
> bewing worked on (the authors had said things like grassland is
> essentially 2D because it is flat. maybe but not to an insect in the grass!).
> You may  find that paper of interest even though it is flawed. Regarding
> ways of measuring fractal dimension, why not use a box counting approach?
> Banerjee, Sibbald and Maze describe such a thing (as i recall) in j.
> theor biol. about 1987-1989. 
> hope this helps,
> peter

Departamento de Ecologia Geral
Instituto de Biociencias
Universidade de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brasil

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