NCEAS Project 10641

Interaction traits and metacommunity gene flow

  • Mark C. Urban

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow15th September 2006—31st August 2008Participant List  

The metacommunity framework is stimulating novel predictions about community dynamics by considering both local species interactions and regional migration. In a similar manner, local evolution and gene flow can shape the diversity of ecologically relevant traits which, in turn, can alter local species interactions. Hence joint consideration of evolutionary and ecological processes may offer additional insights about communities. However, few empirical generalizations have emerged about how landscape connectivity and community heterogeneity govern trait distributions of interacting species in metacommunities. Toward this end, I am synthesizing data on variation in interaction traits—those characters that shape the outcomes of interspecific encounters—to explore relationships between trait distributions, community structure and landscape connectivity. Using assimilated data on natural and common garden studies of interaction trait variation, I then plan to evaluate interaction trait variation attributed to gene flow and community composition as conditioned on species’ dispersal abilities and generation lengths. Results will be used to inform rapidly advancing theories on evolution in metacommunities.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Data Set Urban, Mark C. 2007. Foraging trait variation in Ambystoma maculatum. (Abstract) (Online version)
Presentations Urban, Mark C. 2007. Making the connections: species interactions, evolution and space in temporary pond communities. NCEAS. Santa Barbara, California.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C. 2007. Predator size and phenology shape prey survival in temporary ponds. Oecologia. Vol: 154. Pages 571-580.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C. 2007. Risky prey behavior evolves in risky habitats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 104. Pages 14377-14382. (Online version)
Journal Article Urban, Mark C.; Phillips, Ben L.; Skelly, David K.; Shine, Richard. 2007. The cane toad's (Chaunus [Bufo] marinus) increasing ability to invade Australia is revealed by a dynamically updated range model. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. Vol: 274. Pages 1413-1419.
Presentations Urban, Mark C. 2007. The evolution of prey hunger across a heterogeneous landscape of gape-limited predation risk. Network for Experimental Research on Evolution Western Evolutionary Biology Meeting. Riverside, California.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C. 2007. The growth-predation risk trade-off under a growing gape-limited predation threat. Ecology. Vol: 88(12). Pages 2587-2597.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C.; Phillips, Ben L.; Shine, Richard. 2008. A toad more traveled: The heterogeneous invasion dynamics of cane toads in Australia. American Naturalist. Vol: 171(3). Pages E134-E148.
Book Chapter Urban, Mark C. 2008. Ecological genetics. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.. Chichester.
Presentations Urban, Mark C. 2008. Evolutionary ecology of metacommunities. Michigan State University 2008. East Lansing, Michigan.
Presentations Urban, Mark C. 2008. Evolution of species interactions across multiple spatial scales. University of Connecticut-Storrs. Storrs-Mansfield, Connecticut.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C. 2008. Salamander evolution across a latitudinal cline in gape-limited predation risk. Oikos. Vol: 117. Pages 1037-1049.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C.; Leibold, Mathew A.; Amarasekare, Priyanga; De Meester, Luc; Gomulkiewicz, Richard; Hochberg, Michael E.; Klausmeier, Christopher; Loeuille, Nicolas; de Mazancourt, Claire; Norberg, Jon; Pantel, Jelena; Strauss, Sharon; Vellend, Mark; Wade, Michael. 2008. The evolutionary ecology of metacommunities. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Vol: 23(6). Pages 311-317.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C. 2008. The evolution of prey body size reaction norms in diverse communities. Journal of Animal Ecology. Vol: 77. Pages 346-355.
Journal Article Urban, Mark C. 2010. Microgeographic adaptations of spotted salamander morphological defenses in response to a predaceous salamander and beetle. Oikos. Vol: 119. Pages 646-658. (Online version)
Journal Article Urban, Mark C. 2011. The evolution of species interactions across natural landscapes. Ecology Letters. Vol: 14(7). Pages 723-732. (Online version)