1st meeting: 18.-20.01.2016
The high species richness of communities such as tropical forests has challenged coexistence theory for decades. We synthesize recent coexistence theories by focussing on the role of stochasticity in promoting biodiversity. Because of variability in the biotic neighbourhood of individuals, the interactions between species may in a sense become “diluted” and less predictable and therefore prevent particular species from outcompeting others. We test the new stochastic coexistence theory using spatial analysis of forest plots and by conducting fully controlled biodiversity simulation experiments.
Thorsten Wiegand; Stan Harpole; Felix May; Sebastian Lehmann; Jonathan Chase; Tiffany Knight; Andreas Huth; Karin Frank; Fangliang He; Margie Mayfield; Janneke Hille-Ris Lambers; Karen Abbott; Aubrie James; Lauren Sullivan; Xugao Wang; I-Fang Sun
2nd meeting: 06.-08.06.2016
Karen Abbott; Jonathan Chase; Karin Frank; Stan Harpole; Janneke Hille Ris Lambers; Nathan Kraft; Andreas Huth; Stefan Kupers; Grigoris Kylafis; Sebastian Lehmann; Felix May; Margaret Mayfield; Ranjan Muthukrishnan; Juliano Sarmento Cabral; Sean Satterlee; Lauren Shoemaker; Lauren Sullivan; I Fang Sun; Franziska Taubert; Xugao Wang; Thorsten Wiegand
Shoemaker, L.G., Sullivan, L.L., Donohue, I., Cabral, J.S., Williams, R.J., Mayfield, M.M., Chase, J.M., Chu, C., Harpole, W.S., Huth, A., HilleRisLambers, J., James, A.R.M., Kraft, N.J.B., May, F., Muthukrishnan, R., Satterlee, S., Taubert, F., Wang, X., Wiegand, T., Yang, Q. & Abbott, K.C. (2019) Integrating the underlying structure of stochasticity into community ecology. Ecology, (online early) https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/ecy.2922