Monthly Archives: October 2013

Stochastic and Deterministic Mechanisms of Assembly

Recently in seminar we discussed two influential papers:

  • Vellend, B. M. 2010. Conceptual Synthesis in Community Ecology. The Quarterly Review of Biology 85:183–206. (pdf)
  • Chase, J. M. 2007. Drought mediates the importance of stochastic community assembly. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104:17430–17434. (pdf)

I chose these papers because I feel that they do a good job of both laying the conceptual and practical groundwork necessary to advance  the debate between the relative importance of stochastic and deterministic processes in community ecology.

Before our discussion began there was a flurry of interesting tweets inspired by the readings:

tweet2 tweetsbeth_ross_tweetThese tweets helped set the tone for our discussion and led to some interesting discussion.

The key questions that we discussed during the seminar were:

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