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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

Populations of plants, animals, and microbes fluctuate all the time. Whether populations rise and fall in tandem, independently or alternately can affect ecological stability. Offset fluctuations between species can enhance ecosystem stability. Or alternate fluctuations of the same species in different regions can support species stability. Building on many sources of long-term data, the LTER Synchrony working group aims to understand the drivers and timescales of synchrony and its effect on ecological stability.

Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Lauren M. Hallett, Daniel C. Reuman, Katharine N. Suding

Project Dates

Start: March 1, 2017

End: June 30, 2019



Max Castorani
University of Virginia
Kathryn L. Cottingham
Dartmouth College
Emma Defriez
Imperial College, London
Joan Dudney
University of California, Berkeley
Samuel Fey
Reed College
Laureano A. Gherardi
Arizona State University
Lauren M. Hallett
University of Colorado, Boulder
Nina Lany
Michigan State University
Margaret O'Brien
University of California, Santa Barbara
Maria Cristina Portales-Reyes
University of Minnesota
Daniel C. Reuman
University of Kansas
Andrew L. Rypel
University of California, Davis
Lawrence W Sheppard
University of Kansas
Lauren Shoemaker
University of Minnesota
Katharine N. Suding
University of Colorado, Boulder
Jonathan A. Walter
Virginia Commonwealth University
Shaopeng Wang
Arizona State University
Lei Zhao
University of Kansas


  1. Journal Article / 2022

    Disturbance and nutrients synchronise kelp forests across scales through interacting Moran effects

  2. Presentations / 2018

    Integrating population and community synchrony across LTER sites

  3. Journal Article / 2021

    The effects of dispersal on spatial synchrony in metapopulations differ by timescale

  4. Software / 2018

    R Package called mms

  5. Software / 2018

    R Package called tsvr

  6. Software / 2019

    wsyn: Wavelet approaches to synchrony

  7. Journal Article / 2022

    The long and the short of it: Mechanisms of synchronous and compensatory dynamics across temporal scales

  8. Journal Article / 2020

    Micro-scale geography of synchrony in a serpentine plant community

  9. Journal Article / 2021

    The spatial synchrony of species richness and its relationship to ecosystem stability

  10. Journal Article / 2019

    Stability and synchrony across ecological hierarchies in heterogeneous metacommunities: linking theory to data

  11. Software / 2019

    tsvr: Timescale-specific variance ratio

  12. Journal Article / 2020

    A new variance ratio metric to detect the timescale of compensatory dynamics