sCAFE - Community Assembly and the Functioning of Ecosystems in Open Systems

First meeting: 29.02.-04.03.2016

PIs:
Morgan Ernest
Mathew Leibold

associated postdoc:
Katherine Bannar-Martin

Project summary:
Community and ecosystem ecology often focuses on a single community, but communities are often linked because organisms disperse between them. If dispersal changes the species composition and distribution of functional traits in a community it can alter the functioning of the ecosystem. We are examining many different ecosystems and taxa to determine the importance of dispersal for determining how the composition of communities responds to environmental change and how this can have cascading impacts on ecosystem function.

Participants:
Harald Auge; Katherine Bannar-Martin; Jonathan Chase; Steven Declerck; S.K. Morgan Ernest; Stan Harpole; Helmut Hillebrand; Colin Kremer; Stefano Larsen; Mathew Leibold; Anita Narwani; Jana Petermann; Christiane Roscher; Juliano Sarmento Cabral

Meeting report


Second meeting: 13.-17.06.2016

Participants:
Harald Auge; Katherine Bannar-Martin; Jonathan Chase; Steven Declerck; Nico Eisenhauer; Morgan Ernest; Stan Harpole; Thomas Koffel; Colin Kremer; Stefano Larsen; Mathew Leibold; Anita Narwani; Christiane Roscher; Juliano Sarmento Cabral


Writing retreat: 13.-18.11.2016 in Austin, Texas, USA

Participants:
Thomas Koffel; Matthew Leibold

Meeting report


Publications:

Leibold, M. A., Chase, J. M. and Ernest, S. K. M. (2017). Community assembly and the functioning of ecosystems: how metacommunity processes alter ecosystems attributes. Ecology, 98: p. 909–919. doi:10.1002/ecy.1697. see here

Bannar‐Martin, K. H. et al. (2017) Integrating community assembly and biodiversity to better understand ecosystem function: the Community Assembly and the Functioning of Ecosystems (CAFE) approach. Ecology Letters. Volume21, Issue2, Pages 167-180. see here

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