The Meta-Community Concept: A framework for large scale community ecology?

Principal Investigators:

Mathew A. Leibold

The concept of meta-communities was developed in an effort to link community ecology theory at the local level with regional and global models at larger spatial scales. Currently there are two contrasting views of meta-communities. The "patch-dynamics" perspective is based on the idea that similar local habitat patches are colonized by species that interact to produce communities consisting of different species depending on their dispersal abilities. In contrast, the "species-sorting" view assumes that sites differ in their abiotic environment,... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group6th—13th July 2001Participant List  
Working Group7th—13th March 2002Participant List  
Working Group20th—29th September 2002Participant List  
Working Group17th—19th June 2003Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Priyanga Amarasekareamarasek@eeb.ucla.eduUniversity of Chicago
Jonathan M. Chasejonathan.chase@idiv.deUniversity of Pittsburgh
Ilkka Hanskiilkka.hanski@helsinki.fiUniversity of Helsinki
Susan P. Harrisonspharrison@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Robert D. Holtrdholt@ufl.eduUniversity of Kansas
Marcel Holyoakmaholyoak@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Martha F. Hoopesmhoopes@mtholyoke.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Richard Lawrl1@york.ac.ukUniversity of York
Mathew A. Leiboldmleibold@mail.utexas.eduUniversity of Chicago
Michel Loreauloreau@ens.frEcole Normale Superieure
Nicolas Mouquetnmouquet@univ-montp2.frFlorida State University
Jonathan B. Shurinjshurin@ucsd.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
David Tilmantilman@umn.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Andrew Gonzalezandrew.gonzalez@mcgill.ca
Karl Cotteniecottenie@uoguelph.caUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Amarasekare, Priyanga; Hoopes, Martha F.; Mouquet, Nicolas; Holyoak, Marcel. 2004. Mechanisms of coexistence in competitive metacommunities. American Naturalist. Vol: 164. Pages 310-326.
Book Chapter Chase, Jonathan M.; Amarasekare, Priyanga; Cottenie, Karl; Gonzalez, Andrew; Holt, Robert D.; Holyoak, Marcel; Hoopes, Martha F.; Leibold, Mathew A.; Loreau, Michel; Mouquet, Nicolas; Shurin, Jonathan B.; Tilman, David. 2005. Competing theories for competitive metacommunities. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 335-354.
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.
Book Chapter Holt, Robert D.; Hoopes, Martha F. 2005. Food web dynamics in a metacommunity context. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 68-93.
Book Chapter Holt, Robert D.; Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A. 2005. Future directions in metacommunity ecology. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 465-489.
Book Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D. 2005. Metacommunities: Spatial dynamics and ecological communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 513.
Book Chapter Hoopes, Martha F.; Holt, Robert D.; Holyoak, Marcel. 2005. The effects of spatial processes on two species interactions. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 35-67.
Book Chapter Law, Richard; Leibold, Mathew A. 2005. Assembly dynamics in metacommunities. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 263-278.
Journal Article Leibold, Mathew A.; Holyoak, Marcel; Mouquet, Nicolas; Amarasekare, Priyanga; Chase, Jonathan M.; Hoopes, Martha F.; Holt, Robert D.; Shurin, Jonathan B.; Law, Richard; Tilman, David; Loreau, Michel; Gonzalez, Andrew. 2004. The metacommunity concept: A framework for multi-scale community ecology. Ecology Letters. Vol: 7. Pages 601-613.
Journal Article Leibold, Mathew A.; McPeek, Mark A. 2006. Coexistence of the niche and neutral perspectives in community ecology. Ecology. Vol: 87(6). Pages 1399-1410.
Journal Article Loreau, Michel; Mouquet, Nicolas; Holt, Robert D. 2003. Meta-ecosystems: a theoretical framework for a spatial ecosystem ecology. Ecology Letters. Vol: 6. Pages 673-679.
Journal Article Loreau, Michel; Holt, Robert D. 2004. Spatial flows and the regulation of ecosystems. American Naturalist. Vol: 163. Pages 606-615.
Book Chapter Mouquet, Nicolas; Hoopes, Martha F.; Amarasekare, Priyanga. 2005. The world is patchy and heterogeneous!. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 237-262.
Book Chapter Resetarits, W. J.; Binckley, Christopher A.; Chalcraft, David R. 2005. Habitat selection, species interactions, and processes of community assembly in complex landscapes. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 374-398.
Journal Article Shurin, Jonathan B.; Amarasekare, Priyanga; Chase, Jonathan M.; Holt, Robert D.; Hoopes, Martha F.; Leibold, Mathew A. 2004. Alternative stable states and regional community structure. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol: 227(3). Pages 359-368.
Book Chapter Shurin, Jonathan B.; Srivastava, Diane S. 2005. New perspectives on local and regional diversity. Edited by Holyoak, Marcel; Leibold, Mathew A.; Holt, Robert D.. Metacommunities: Spatial Dynamics and Ecological Communities. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. Pages 399-417.
Journal Article Steiner, Christopher F.; Leibold, Mathew A. 2004. Cyclic assembly trajectories and scale-dependent productivity-diversity relationships. Ecology. Vol: 85. Pages 107-113.
"The Meta-Community Concept: A framework for large scale community ecology?" is project ID: 3920