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Communities and Climate Change: An Ill?Fated Marriage?

Speaker: Eric Post, Penn State University, USA

Info about event

Time

Monday 5 November 2012,  at 11:15 - 12:00

Location

Aarhus University, Denmark, Bldg. 1540, room 229

Organizer

Integrative Ecology and Evolution Section & Arctic Research Centre

Abstract

Since the pioneering work of Clements and Gleason in the early 20th Century, ecologists have struggled to refine the notion of the biological community, especially recently, as interest in community?level response to climate change has intensified. Attempts to quantify and predict community response to climate change may in some cases be misguided, fruitless, and meaningless because of misconceptions about what actually constitutes a community. Nonetheless, as this talk will explore, if and where communities do exist, stability analysis can be employed to identify alterations to intrinsic dynamics and species interactions through which climate change may act to disrupt community integrity. 

Organized by Integrative Ecology and Evolution Section & Arctic Research Centre.