Community of assembly and the emergence of ecosystem pattern

Simon Asher Levin, J. Dushoff, J. E. Keymer

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A fundamental problem challenging natural scientists is to understand how macroscopic patterns, such as population abundance distributions and element ratios, emerge and are sustained in ecosystems, given that evolution typically operates most strongly at the level of individuals and their genomes. How do such patterns persist in the face of evolutionary innovation? In this paper, we explore this issue through dynamical models of community assembly and metapopulation dynamics in dynamic landscapes, and discuss individual-based approaches to the control of element cycles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalScientia Marina
Issue numberSUPPLEMENT 2
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science


  • Community assembly
  • Competitive coexistence
  • Ecosystem pattern
  • Patch dynamics
  • Redfield ratios
  • Resiliency


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