Competitive coexistence in spatially structured environments: a synthesis

Competitive coexistence in spatially structured environments: a synthesis Theoretical developments in spatial competitive coexistence are far in advance of empirical investigations. A framework that makes comparative predictions for alternative hypotheses is a crucial element in narrowing this gap. This review attempts to synthesize spatial competition theory into such a framework, with the goal of motivating empirical investigations that adopt the comparative approach. The synthesis presented is based on a major axis, coexistence in spatially homogeneous vs. heterogeneous competitive environments, along which the theory can be organized. The resulting framework integrates such key concepts as niche theory, spatial heterogeneity and spatial scale(s) of coexistence. It yields comparative predictions that can guide empirical investigations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecology Letters Wiley

Competitive coexistence in spatially structured environments: a synthesis

Ecology Letters, Volume 6 (12) – Dec 1, 2003

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Copyright © 2003 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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1461-023X
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1461-0248
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10.1046/j.1461-0248.2003.00530.x
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Abstract

Theoretical developments in spatial competitive coexistence are far in advance of empirical investigations. A framework that makes comparative predictions for alternative hypotheses is a crucial element in narrowing this gap. This review attempts to synthesize spatial competition theory into such a framework, with the goal of motivating empirical investigations that adopt the comparative approach. The synthesis presented is based on a major axis, coexistence in spatially homogeneous vs. heterogeneous competitive environments, along which the theory can be organized. The resulting framework integrates such key concepts as niche theory, spatial heterogeneity and spatial scale(s) of coexistence. It yields comparative predictions that can guide empirical investigations.

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Ecology LettersWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2003

References

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    Amarasekare, Amarasekare
  • A comparison of different rules of partitioning crop growth between individual plants
    Benjamin, Benjamin
  • Interspecific competition among insect parasitoids: field experiments with whiteflies as hosts in cotton
    Bogran, Bogran; Heinz, Heinz; Ciomperlik, Ciomperlik
  • Source–sink dynamics: how sinks affect demography of sources
    Gundersen, Gundersen; Johannsen, Johannsen; Andreassen, Andreassen; Ims, Ims
  • Heteromyopia and the spatial coexistence of similar competitors
    Murrell, Murrell; Law, Law
  • Local dispersal can facilitate coexistence in the presence of permanent spatial heterogeneity
    Snyder, Snyder; Chesson, Chesson

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