A synthesis of patterns, analyses, and mechanisms of beta-diversity along ecological gradients

Principal Investigators:

Jonathan M. Chase, Amy L. Freestone, and Nathan J. Sanders

β-diversity, the change in species composition across localities, describes how communities respond to spatial and environmental heterogeneity. As the scalar between local (α) and regional (γ) diversity, β-diversity is fundamental to understanding patterns of biodiversity. However its measurement, analyses, patterns, and mechanisms are much more poorly understood than its local and regional counterparts. Here, we propose a working group that will bring together ecologists with varied expertise in biodiversity and its statistical analysis. We... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group9th—13th November 2009Participant List  
Working Group24th—28th April 2010Participant List  
Working Group4th—8th November 2010Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Marti J. Andersonm.j.anderson@massey.ac.nzMassey University, Albany
Jonathan M. Chasejonathan.chase@idiv.deWashington University in St. Louis
Howard V. Cornellhvcornell@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Thomas O. Cristcristto@muohio.eduMiami University
Kendi F. Davieskendi.davies@colorado.eduUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Amy L. Freestoneamy.freestone@temple.eduTemple University
Susan P. Harrisonspharrison@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Brian D. Inouyebinouye@bio.fsu.eduFlorida State University
Nathan J.B. Kraftnkraft@umd.eduUniversity of British Columbia
Nathan J. Sandersnsanders@utk.eduUniversity of Tennessee
James C. Stegenjames.stegen@pnnl.govUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Nathan G. Swensonswensonn@msu.eduMichigan State University
Mark Vellendmvellend@mail.ubc.caUniversity of British Columbia
Liza S. Comitacomita.2@osu.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Jonathan A. Myersjamyers@wustl.eduWashington University in St. Louis

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Anderson, Marti J.; Crist, Thomas O.; Chase, Jonathan M.; Vellend, Mark; Inouye, Brian D.; Freestone, Amy L.; Sanders, Nathan J.; Cornell, Howard V.; Comita, Liza S.; Davies, Kendi F.; Harrison, Susan P.; Kraft, Nathan J.B.; Stegen, James C.; Swenson, Nathan G. 2011. Navigating the multiple meanings of beta diversity: A roadmap for the practicing ecologist. Ecology Letters. Vol: 14. Pages 19-28.
Journal Article Chase, Jonathan M.; Myers, Jonathan A. 2011. Disentangling the importance of ecological niches from stochastic processes across scales. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Vol: 366(1576). Pages 2351-2363.
Journal Article Chase, Jonathan M.; Kraft, Nathan J.B.; Smith, Kevin G.; Vellend, Mark; Inouye, Brian D. 2011. Using null models to disentangle variation in community dissimilarity from variation in alpha-diversity. Ecosphere. Vol: 2(2). Pages Art24.
Journal Article Chase, Jonathan M.; Knight, Tiffany M. 2013. Scale-dependent effect sizes of ecological drivers on biodiversity: Why standardised sampling is not enough. Ecology Letters. Vol: 16. Pages 17-26. (Online version)
Journal Article Freestone, Amy L.; Osman, Richard W. 2011. Latitudinal variation in local interactions and regional enrichment shape patterns of marine community diversity. Vol: 92(1). Pages 208-217.
Journal Article Harrison, Susan P.; Vellend, Mark; Damschen, Ellen I. 2011. 'Structured' beta diversity increases with climatic productivity in a classic dataset. Vol: 2(1). Pages Art11. (Online version)
Journal Article Kraft, Nathan J.B.; Comita, Liza S.; Chase, Jonathan M.; Sanders, Nathan J.; Swenson, Nathan G.; Crist, Thomas O.; Stegen, James C.; Vellend, Mark; Boyle, Brad; Anderson, Marti J.; Cornell, Howard V.; Davies, Kendi F.; Freestone, Amy L.; Inouye, Brian D.; Harrison, Susan P.; Myers, Jonathan A. 2011. Disentangling the drivers of beta diversity along latitudinal and elevational gradients. Science. Vol: 333(6050). Pages 1755-1758.
Journal Article Millar, R. M.; Anderson, Marti J.; Tolimieri, Nick. 2011. Much ado about nothings: Using zero similarity points in distance-decay curves. Ecology. Vol: 92(9). Pages 1717-1722.
Journal Article Stegen, James C.; Freestone, Amy L.; Crist, Thomas O.; Anderson, Marti J.; Chase, Jonathan M.; Comita, Liza S.; Cornell, Howard V.; Davies, Kendi F.; Harrison, Susan P.; Hurlbert, Allen H.; Inouye, Brian D.; Kraft, Nathan J.B.; Myers, Jonathan A.; Sanders, Nathan J.; Swenson, Nathan G. 2013. Stochastic and deterministic drivers of spatial and temporal turnover in breeding bird communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Vol: 22. Pages 202-212. (Online version)
Journal Article Swenson, Nathan G.; Anglada-Cordero, Pedro; Barone, John A. 2011. Deterministic tropical tree community turnover: Evidence from patterns of functional beta diversity along an elevational gradient. Vol: 278. Pages 877-884. (Online version)
"A synthesis of patterns, analyses, and mechanisms of beta-diversity along ecological gradients" is project ID: 12437