Assembly and response rules: two goals for predictive community ecology

Assembly and response rules: two goals for predictive community ecology Abstract. Assembly rules provide one possible unifying framework for community ecology. Given a species pool, and measured traits for each species, the objective is to specify which traits (and therefore which subset of species) will occur in a particular environment. Because the problem primarily involves traits and environments, answers should be generalizable to systems with very different taxonomic composition. In this context, the environment functions like a filter (or sieve) removing all species lacking specified combinations of traits. In this way, assembly rules are a community level analogue of natural selection. Response rules follow a similar process except that they transform a vector of species abundances to a new vector using the same information. Examples already exist from a range of habitats, scales, and kinds of organisms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Vegetation Science Wiley

Assembly and response rules: two goals for predictive community ecology

Journal of Vegetation Science, Volume 3 (2) – Apr 1, 1992

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Wiley
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1992 IAVS ‐ the International Association of Vegetation Science
ISSN
1100-9233
eISSN
1654-1103
DOI
10.2307/3235676
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Abstract

Abstract. Assembly rules provide one possible unifying framework for community ecology. Given a species pool, and measured traits for each species, the objective is to specify which traits (and therefore which subset of species) will occur in a particular environment. Because the problem primarily involves traits and environments, answers should be generalizable to systems with very different taxonomic composition. In this context, the environment functions like a filter (or sieve) removing all species lacking specified combinations of traits. In this way, assembly rules are a community level analogue of natural selection. Response rules follow a similar process except that they transform a vector of species abundances to a new vector using the same information. Examples already exist from a range of habitats, scales, and kinds of organisms.

Journal

Journal of Vegetation ScienceWiley

Published: Apr 1, 1992

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    Allen, Allen; Hoekstra, Hoekstra
  • The contribution of crassulacean acid metabolism to the annual productivity of two aquatic vascular plants
    Boston, Boston; Adams, Adams
  • Feeding ecology of stream invertebrates
    Cummins, Cummins; Klug, Klug
  • Factors contributing to the non‐randomness in species co‐occurrences on islands
    Gilpin, Gilpin; Diamond, Diamond

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