NCEAS Project 2165

Extending, synthesizing, and applying recent advances in competition theory

  • Peter A. Abrams
  • Will G. Wilson


ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group7th—13th January 1999Participant List  
Working Group21st—23rd May 1999Participant List  
Working Group24th—28th July 1999Participant List  
Working Group27th January—2nd February 2000Participant List  
Working Group1st—4th May 2000Participant List  
Working Group24th—30th June 2000Participant List  
Working Group8th—12th November 2000Participant List  
Working Group25th—31st January 2001Participant List  
Working Group12th—17th April 2002Participant List  

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Abstract
Theoretical work on interspecific competition over the past 15 years has been characterized by the inclusion of an increasing amount of detail regarding the mechanism of population interaction. In comparison with previous work, recent theory has included more explicit descriptions of: (1) spatial and temporal variability; (2) adaptive behavior and/or evolution; and (3) between-individual differences in characteristics affecting competition. These studies have been undertaken largely independently, and many have been based on specific systems or assumptions. This proposal has two goals: (1) to explore the relationships between, and the interaction of these three components of the mechanism of competition; and (2) to determine if there is empirical evidence for the more general predictions uncovered by work related to the first goal. The second goal will also encompass plans for future empirical studies if evidence is lacking in past work. The working group will include investigators who have been actively involved in developing recent theory as well as empirical biologists who have had experience in meta-analysis of published experiments. The tangible results of the working group will be several joint theoretical papers and meta-analyses of published work, and proposals for empirical studies to apply the theory developed here.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Abrams, Peter A. 1999. Character displacement of species that share predators. Annual Meetings of the Society for Evolution and American Society of Naturalists. Madison, WI.
Journal Article Abrams, Peter A. 1999. The adaptive dynamics of consumer choice. American Naturalist. Vol: 153. Pages 83-97.
Journal Article Abrams, Peter A. 2000. Character shifts of prey species that share predators. American Naturalist. Vol: 156. Pages S45-S61.
Presentations Abrams, Peter A. 2000. Effects of mortality on competitive coexistence and coevolution. 85th Annual Meetings of the Ecological Society of America, 6-10 August 2000. Snowbird, UT.
Journal Article Abrams, Peter A. 2001. The effect of density-independent mortality on the coexistence of exploitative competitors for renewing resources. American Naturalist. Vol: 158. Pages 459-470.
Journal Article Abrams, Peter A.; Chen, Xin. 2002. The evolution of traits affecting resource acquisition and predator vulnerability: Character displacement under real and apparent competition. American Naturalist. Vol: 160. Pages 692-704.
Journal Article Abrams, Peter A.; Wilson, Will G. 2004. Coexistence of competitors in metacommunities due to spatial variation in resource growth rates: Does R* predict the outcome of competition?. Ecology Letters. Vol: 7. Pages 929-940.
Journal Article Abrams, Peter A. 2004. When does periodic variation in resource growth allow robust coexistence of competing consumer species?. Ecology. Vol: 85. Pages 372-382.
Journal Article Bolker, Benjamin; St. Mary, Colette; Osenberg, Craig W.; Schmitt, Russell; Holbrook, Sally J. 2002. Management at a different scale: Marine ornamentals and local processes. Bulletin of Marine Science. Vol: 70(2). Pages 733-748. (Abstract)
Journal Article Chase, Jonathan M.; Leibold, Mathew A.; Simms, E. L. 2000. Plant tolerance and resistance in food webs: Community-level predictions and evolutionary implications. Evolutionary Ecology. Vol: 14. Pages 289-314.
Journal Article Chase, Jonathan M.; Wilson, Will G.; Richards, Shane A. 2001. Foraging trade-offs and resource patchiness: Theory and experiments with a freshwater snail community. Ecology Letters. Vol: 4. Pages 304-312.
Journal Article Chase, Jonathan M.; Abrams, Peter A.; Grover, James P.; Diehl, Sebastian; Chesson, Peter L.; Holt, Robert D.; Richards, Shane A.; Nisbet, Roger M.; Case, Ted. 2002. The interaction between predation and competition: A review and synthesis. Ecology Letters. Vol: 5. Pages 302-315.
Journal Article Chesson, Peter L. 2000. Mechanisms of maintenance of species diversity. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics. Vol: 31. Pages 343-366.
Presentations Chesson, Peter L.; Byrne, Barbara A. 2000. The importance of coupled variable recruitment and density dependence in the coexistence of coral reef fishes. 85th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, 6-10 August 2000. Snowbird, UT.
Presentations Chesson, Peter L.; Byrne, Barbara A. 2000. Variable larval supply and density-dependence can promote species coexistence in reef fish systems, December 2000. Western Society of Naturalists. Portland, OR.
Journal Article Day, Troy. 2000. Competition and the effect of spatial resource heterogeneity on evolutionary diversification. American Naturalist. Vol: 155. Pages 790-803.
Journal Article Day, Troy; Abrams, Peter A.; Chase, Jonathan M. 2002. The role of size-specific predation in the evolution and diversification of prey life histories. Evolution. Vol: 56. Pages 877-887.
Presentations Diehl, Sebastian. 1999. Dynamics of phytoplankton and its resources in a gradient of mixing depth. Institute of Limnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Mondsee, Austria.
Presentations Diehl, Sebastian. 1999. Phytoplankton biomass, light climate and nutrient availability along gradients of lake mixing depth. Symposium of European Freshwater Sciences, August 1999. Antwerpen, Belgium.
Presentations Diehl, Sebastian; Sarnelle, Orlando. 2000. The interface between theory and field experiment: Getting beyond yes-or-no answers. The interface between theory and field experiment. ASLO, Opening Talk in Special Session. Copenhagen, Denmark .
Presentations Diehl, Sebastian. 2001. Responses of plankton communities to enrichment with light, February 2001. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, CA.
Journal Article Diehl, Sebastian. 2002. Phytoplankton, light, and nutrients in a gradient of mixing depths: Theory. Ecology. Vol: 83. Pages 386-398.
Journal Article Diehl, Sebastian. 2003. The evolution and maintenance of omnivory: Dynamic constraints and the role of food quality. Ecology. Vol: 84. Pages 2557-2567.
Presentations Grover, James P. 2000. Stoichiometry, herbivory and competition for nutrients. 85th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, 6-10 August 2000. Snowbird, UT.
Journal Article Grover, James P. 2002. Stoichiometry, herbivory and competition for nutrients: Simple models based on planktonic ecosystems. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol: 214. Pages 599-618.
Journal Article Grover, James P. 2003. The impact of variable stoichiometry on predator-prey interactions: A multinutrient approach. American Naturalist. Vol: 162. Pages 29-43.
Presentations Nedimyer, K.; Watson, C. A.; Osenberg, Craig W.; St. Mary, Colette. 2001. Species composition and collection efficiency associated with artificial and natural substrates. Second International Conference on Marine Ornamentals, Orlando, FL, November 2001.
Presentations Osenberg, Craig W.; Holbrook, Sally J.; Schmitt, Russell. 2000. Density-dependence in reef fish: A quantitative synthesis. 85th Annual Meetings of the Ecological Society of America, 6-10 August 2000. Snowbird, UT.
Presentations Osenberg, Craig W. 2001. Cryptic density dependence. Larry McEdward Memorial Symposium, December 2001. Gainesville, FL.
Presentations Osenberg, Craig W.; St. Mary, Colette; Schmitt, Russell; Holbrook, Sally J.; Chesson, Peter L.; Byrne, Barbara A. 2001. Density-dependence in reef fish: A meta-analysis. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 2001. Madison, WI.
Journal Article Osenberg, Craig W.; St. Mary, Colette; Wilson, James; Lindberg, W. J. 2002. A quantitative framework to evaluate the attraction-production controversy. ICES Journal of Marine Science. Vol: 59(S). Pages S214-S221.
Presentations Richards, Shane A.; Wilson, Will G. 2000. Adaptive feeding across environmental gradients. 85th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, 6-10 August 2000. Snowbird, UT.
Journal Article Richards, Shane A.; Nisbet, Roger M.; Wilson, Will G.; Possingham, Hugh P. 2000. Grazers and diggers: Exploitation competition and coexistence among foragers with different feeding strategies on a single resource. American Naturalist. Vol: 155. Pages 266-279.
Presentations Richards, Shane A. 2001. Population and evolutionary consequences of consuming a structured resource, March 2001. University of Utah.
Presentations Richards, Shane A. 2001. Population and evolutionary consequences of consuming a structured resource, October 2001. University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Journal Article Richards, Shane A.; de Roos, Andre M. 2001. When is habitat assessment an advantage when foraging?. Animal Behaviour. Vol: 61. Pages 1101-1112.
Presentations Richards, Shane A. 2001. When is habitat assessment an advantage when foraging?. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 2001. Madison, WI.
Presentations Richards, Shane A. 2002. Modeling scale-dependent processes in ecology, April 2002. University of Calgary. Canada.
Journal Article Richards, Shane A. 2002. Temporal partitioning and aggression among foragers: Modeling the effects of stochasticity and individual state. Behavioral Ecology. Vol: 13. Pages 427-438.
Presentations Schmitt, Russell; Holbrook, Sally J. 2001. Are fish assemblages on coral patch reefs predictable?. 6th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, May 2001. Durban, South Africa.
Presentations Schmitt, Russell; Holbrook, Sally J. 2001. Local-scale variation in settlement of three damselfish: Relationships with near-field current velocity. 6th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, May 2001. Durban, South Africa.
Presentations Shima, Jeffrey; Osenberg, Craig W. 2001. Cryptic density dependence in reef fish populations. 82nd Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists, November 2001. Ventura, CA.
Presentations Shima, Jeffrey; Osenberg, Craig W. 2001. Cryptic variation in habitat quality modifies the strength of density-dependent mortality of a reef fish. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 2001. Madison, WI.
Journal Article Wilson, Will G.; Abrams, Peter A. 2005. Coexistence of cycling and dispersing consumer species: Armstrong and McGehee in space. American Naturalist. Vol: 165(2). Pages 193-205.