Abstract: Interactions are a defining characteristic of every species' "milieu" since no organism exists without participating in some sort of ecological interaction during its lifetime. In addition, interactions between species are regarded as a key driving force that determines species' ability to thrive in different environments. In this talk, I will discuss new analyses of the competitive effects between plant species found in multiple locations around the world. In particular, I will show how the competitive interactions between these co-occurring plants give indications that competition is simultaneously more complex than initially thought while also a decidedly "low-dimensional" phenomenon. Finally, I will highlight the implications of these results for our understanding of coexistence in natural communities and for theoretical approaches to studying competition.
Noyce Conference Room
Daniel Stouffer (University of Canterbury)
This event is by invitation only.