Inferring local ecological processes amid species pool influences

Jean Philippe Lessard, Jonathan Belmaker, Jonathan A. Myers, Jonathan M. Chase, Carsten Rahbek

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Abstract

Resolving contingencies in community ecology requires comparative studies of local communities along broad-scale environmental gradients and in different biogeographic regions. However, comparisons of local ecological processes among regions require a synthetic understanding of how the species pool of potential community members influences the structure of ecological communities. Here, we outline an integrative approach for quantifying local ecological processes while explicitly accounting for species pool influences. Specifically, we highlight the utility of combining geographically replicated local studies, null models of community structure, and ecologically explicit definitions of the species pool as a means to compare predominant ecological processes among regions. By uniting concepts and tools from community ecology and macroecology, this approach might facilitate synthesis and resolve many perceived ecological contingencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-607
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume27
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Inferring local ecological processes amid species pool influences'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this