NCEAS Project 12276

Synthesizing ecosystem development data in a theoretical framework to understand transitions from nitrogen limitation to colimitation to phosphorus limitation

  • Duncan N. Menge

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow11th August 2008—27th August 2010Participant List  

Abstract
The ability of ecosystems to sequester carbon (C) and help mitigate climate change depends on which factors limit C uptake into vegetation. It is increasingly clear that nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) play critical roles in regulating C uptake, and forests tend to transition from N limitation to colimitation to P limitation as they develop from bare ground. However, at present there is no theoretical framework that determines the conditions under which each resource limits production, or when transitions between the different states should occur. At NCEAS I will build such a theoretical framework, synthesize existing data from forest chronosequences worldwide, and combine theory with data to analyze transitions between the alternate ecosystem states of limitation by N, P, or both.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Ballantyne, Ford; Menge, Duncan N.; Weitz, Joshua S. 2010. A discrepancy between predictions of saturating nutrient uptake models and nitrogen-to-phosphorus stoichiometry in the surface ocean. Limnology and Oceanography. Vol: 55(3). Pages 997-1008.
Journal Article Cadotte, Marc W.; Mehrkens, Lea; Menge, Duncan N. 2012. Gauging the impact of meta-analysis on ecology. Evolutionary Ecology. Vol: 26(5). Pages 1153-1167. (Online version)
Journal Article Hedin, Lars; Brookshire, Jack; Menge, Duncan N.; Barron, Alex. 2009. The nitrogen paradox in tropical forest ecosystems. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics. Vol: 40. Pages 613–-35.
Journal Article Menge, Duncan N.; Levin, Simon A.; Hedin, Lars. 2009. Facultative versus obligate nitrogen fixation strategies and their ecosystem consequences. American Naturalist. Vol: 174(4). Pages 465-477.
Journal Article Menge, Duncan N.; Hedin, Lars. 2009. Nitrogen fixation in different biogeochemical niches along a 120 000-year chronosequence in New Zealand. Ecology. Vol: 90(8). Pages 2190-2201.
Journal Article Menge, Duncan N.; DeNoyer, Jeanne L.; Lichstein, Jeremy W. 2010. Phylogenetic constraints do not explain the rarity of nitrogen-fixing trees in late-successional temperate forests. PLoS ONE. Vol: 5(8). Pages e12056.
Journal Article Menge, Duncan N. 2011. Conditions Under Which Nitrogen Can Limit Steady-State net primary production in a general class of ecosystem models. Ecosystems. Vol: 14(4). Pages 519-532.
Journal Article Menge, Duncan N.; Baisden, W. Troy; Richardson, Sarah J.; Peltzer, Duane A.; Barbour, Margaret M. 2011. Declining foliar and litter d15N diverge from soil, epiphyte and input d15N along a 120 000 yr temperate rainforest chronosequence. New Phytologist. Vol: 190(4). Pages 941-952.
Journal Article Menge, Duncan N.; Ballantyne, Ford; Weitz, Joshua S. 2011. Dynamics of nutrient uptake strategies: Lessons from the tortoise and the hare. Theoretical Ecology. Vol: 4(2). Pages 163-177.
Journal Article Menge, Duncan N.; Hedin, Lars; Pacala, Stephen W. 2012. Nitrogen and phosphorus limitation over long-term ecosystem development in terrestrial ecosystems. PLoS ONE. Vol: 7(8). Pages e42045. (Online version)