NCEAS Project 6240

Local versus regional processes: Integrating space and environment

  • Karl Cottenie

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow1st February 2003—15th June 2005Participant List  
Working Group12th—17th September 2003Participant List  

Both local and regional processes can structure local communities, however, their relative roles are poorly understood. The classical methodology used to determine their relative importance is to examine the shape of the relationship between local and regional diversity. However, this approach has been criticized on several conceptual and methodological grounds. This proposal aims to integrate local (biotic and abiotic) and regional (spatial) information, using three novel research methodologies. These will be applied on a range of data sets, starting with zooplankton, but expanding to other aquatic taxa and terrestrial systems. Moreover, I will extend the methodology to genetic data, in order to make a direct comparison between processes working at the interspecific and intraspecific levels. The results will elucidate the processes that generate structure in populations and communities.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Cottenie, Karl. 2003. Local and regional processes in a zooplankton metacommunity. Dialog V Congress on Bermuda.
Presentations Cottenie, Karl. 2003. Local and regional processes in a zooplankton metacommunity. Seminar. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Santa Barbara, CA.
Presentations Cottenie, Karl. 2003. Meta-analysis of metacommunities: A research program. Dialog V Congress on Bermuda.
Journal Article Cottenie, Karl; De Meester, Luc. 2004. Metacommunity structure: Synergy of biotic interactions as selective agents and dispersal as fuel. Ecology. Vol: 85(1). Pages 114-119. (Abstract)
Presentations Cottenie, Karl; Fuhlendorf, Samuel D.; Stevens, Richard D.; Ernest, S. K. Morgan. 2005. Dispersal through time: Temporal metacommunity dynamics in annual desert plant communities. ESA 90th Meeting, 6-12 August 2005. Montreal, Quebec.
Journal Article Cottenie, Karl. 2005. Integrating environmental and spatial processes in ecological community dynamics. Ecology Letters. Vol: 8. Pages 1175-1182.
Book Chapter Cottenie, Karl; De Meester, Luc. 2005. Local interactions and local dispersal in a zooplankton metacommunity. Edited by Holyoak, M.; Leibold, M.; Holt, R.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 189-211.
Journal Article Halpern, Benjamin S.; Cottenie, Karl; Broitman, Bernardo R. 2006. Strong top-down control in Southern California kelp forest ecosystems. Science. Vol: 312. Pages 1230-1232.
Journal Article Halpern, Benjamin S.; Cottenie, Karl. 2007. Little evidence for climate effects on local-scale structure and dynamics of California kelp forest communities. Global Change Biology. Vol: 13. Pages 236-251.
Report or White Paper Michels, E.; Cottenie, Karl; Van De Meutter, F.; Declerck, Steven; De Meester, Luc. 2005. Ecological consequences of connections between habitats: The ponds of the nature reserve De Maten (Genk). Natuur.focus. Vol: 4. Pages 16-23.