NCEAS Project 2169

Proposal for Workshop and Web-Based Working Group on The Theoretical Foundations of Biodiversity/Ecosystem Function Relationships

  • Ann P. Kinzig
  • Stephen W. Pacala

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group7th—10th November 1999Participant List  

Abstract
The Theoretical Foundations of Biodiversity/Ecosystem Function Relationships
We seek to develop a theoretical framework for elucidating relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem function, and for understanding and interpreting the results of several large-scale diversity-function experiments that have either already been completed or are currently underway. We propose to develop this framework by analyzing a series of models; these models will consist of a common ecosystem component coupled to one of several possible different submodels of species coexistence. These coupled models will be analyzed for both equilibrium and transient responses under perturbed and unperturbed conditions, and under different levels of species or functional-group diversity. The results will allow identification of the conditions that determine the form and magnitude of certain diversity-function relationships (e.g., increasing function with increasing diversity versus decreasing function with increasing diversity).

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Book Chapter Balser, Teri; Kinzig, Ann P.; Firestone, Mary. 2002. Linking soil microbial communities and ecosystem functioning. Edited by Kinzig, A.; Pacala, S.; Tilman, D.. Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 265-293.
Book Chapter Kinzig, Ann P.; Pacala, Stephen W.; Tilman, David. 2002. Looking back and peering forward. Edited by Kinzig, A.; Pacala, S.; Tilman, D. Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 314-329.
Book Chapter Kinzig, Ann P. 2002. Opening remarks. Edited by Kinzig A.; Pacala S.; Tilman D.. Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 1-6.
Book Chapter Kinzig, Ann P.; Pacala, Stephen W. 2002. Successional biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Edited by Kinzig, A.; Pacala, S.; Tilman, D.. Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 175-212.
Book Kinzig, Ann P.; Pacala, Stephen W.; Tilman, David. 2002. The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 365.
Book Chapter Pacala, Stephen W.; Kinzig, Ann P. 2002. Introduction to theory and the common ecosystem model. Edited by Kinzig, A.; Pacala, S.; Tilman, D.. Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 169-174.
Book Chapter Pacala, Stephen W.; Tilman, David. 2002. The transition from sampling to complementarity. Edited by Kinzig, A. P.; Pacala, S. W.; Tilman, D.. The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 151-166.
Book Chapter Tilman, David; Lehman, Clarence L. 2002. Biodiversity, composition, and ecosystem processes: Theory and concepts. Edited by Kinzig, A. P.; Pacala, S. W.; Tilman, D.. The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 9-41.
Book Chapter Tilman, David; Knops, Johan; Wedin, D.; Reich, Peter B. 2002. Experimental and observational studies of diversity, productivity and stability. Edited by Kinzig, A. P.; Pacala, S. W.; Tilman, D.. The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity: Empirical Progress and Theoretical Extensions. Princeton University Press. Princeton. Pages 42-70.