Faculty Lunchtime Seminar (Prof. Armitage)


Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 12:10 to 12:50


L4E48 (Lab 4, Level E)


Title: Context-dependence and generality in community ecology - two sides of the same coin?

Abstract: Community ecology is often derided for its lack of general theory. Factors limiting one population's growth can be insignificant elsewhere. While this flavor of context-dependence clearly impedes a predictive theory of ecology, it also paradoxically functions as a very general mechanism that maintains biodiversity. I will review how a context-dependent competition theory can clarify the general mechanisms underlying species coexistence and geographic range limits. I'll then riff on the theme of ecological context-dependence as it pertains to our unit members' work on carnivorous plants, pestiferous bats, and noxious roadside weeds.


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