Community ecology in a changing environment: Perspectives from the Quaternary

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Abstract

Community ecology and paleoecology are both concerned with the composition and structure of biotic assemblages but are largely disconnected. Community ecology focuses on existing species assemblages and recently has begun to integrate history (phylogeny and continental or intercontinental dispersal) to constrain community processes. This division has left a “missing middle”: Ecological and environmental processes occurring on timescales from decades to millennia are not yet fully incorporated into community ecology. Quaternary paleoecology has a wealth of data documenting ecological dynamics at these timescales, and both fields can benefit from greater interaction and articulation. We discuss ecological insights revealed by Quaternary terrestrial records, suggest foundations for bridging between the disciplines, and identify topics where the disciplines can engage to mutual benefit.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Community ecology in a changing environment: Perspectives from the Quaternary
Series title PNAS
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1403664111
Volume 112
Issue 16
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher National Academy of Sciences
Publisher location Baltimore, MD
Contributing office(s) Southwest Climate Science Center
First page 4915
Last page 4921
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