NCEAS Project 2152

Understanding the role of individual-scale processes in community-level dynamics: What are the dynamically relevant organizational scales for predicting community dynamics?

  • Oswald J. Schmitz

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group17th—18th February 1999Participant List  
Working Group3rd—5th June 1999Participant List  
Working Group28th—29th April 2000Participant List  

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Community ecologists continually strive to build models that realistically describe the dynamics of the systems they study. An important challenge is discovering which biological details are needed for accurate predictions. There is increasing evidence that processes operating at the level of individuals in communities can have an important bearing on the overall dynamics of the community as a whole. A Working Group will be convened to synthesize existing empirical information on the role of individual behavior and life-histories in shaping community dynamics, identify limitations of existing theory in dealing with issues of scaling from individuals to communities and begin developing new mathematical tools that explicitly deal with scaling from individual-level processes to community dynamics.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Bolker, Benjamin; Holyoak, Marcel; Krivan, Vlastimil; Rowe, Locke; Schmitz, Oswald J. 2003. Connecting theoretical and empirical studies of trait-mediated interactions. Ecology. Vol: 84(5). Pages 1101-1114.
Journal Article Callaway, Ragan; Pennings, Steven C.; Richards, C. L. 2003. Phenotypic plasticity and interactions among plants. Ecology. Vol: 84. Pages 1115-1128.
Journal Article Krivan, Vlastimil. 2000. Optimal intraguild foraging and population stability. Theoretical Population Biology. Vol: 58. Pages 79-94.
Journal Article Luttbeg, Barney; Rowe, Locke; Mangel, Marc. 2003. Prey state and experimental design affect relative size of trait- and density-mediated indirect effects. Ecology. Vol: 84(5). Pages 1140-1150.
Journal Article Werner, Earl E.; Peacor, Scott D. 2003. A review of trait-mediated indirect interactions in ecological communities. Ecology. Vol: 84(5). Pages 1083-1100.