Noyce Conference Room
Daniel Stouffer (University of Canterbury)

This event is by invitation only.

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.

Research Collaboration
SFI Host: 
Jacopo Grilli