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Species richness and biomass-how are they related?

Figure 1: More diverse assemblages of herbivores, like these algal grazers living on seagrass, produce more grazer biomass. Hundreds of experiments have shown that changes in species richness affect the biomass of a species assemblage. Have they converged on a single...

Welcome EriK T Aschehoug - new SE

We are very happy to welcome Erik T Aschehoug from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Get to know him on his website: http://aschehouglab.com/about.html and in my interview with him: What's your main research focus at the moment? Most of my work is focused on...

INTEGRATING TOOLS OF ECOLOGICAL STOICHIOMETRY AND NUTRITIONAL GEOMETRY

Background: ES/NG working group at Woodstoich III Upon meeting at the Woodstoich III workshop in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2014, we and four other working groups sought to explore connections between ecological stoichiometry (ES), nutritional geometry (NG),...

Coexisting or not coexisiting? That's the....

A lot of species coexist. A lot don’t. Distinguishing between the two groups is a core component of community ecology. The inherent complexity of natural systems, and the quantity of data needed to fill in theoretical models, makes species coexistence particularly...

Of birthday cakes and interactions of density-dependence

There are few things that we perceive as exclusively good or bad. Whether something is good or bad often depends on conditions and circumstances. Take, for example, a birthday party. Most of us like to be surrounded by many dear friends to celebrate. It’s just more fun...