Don’t diss integration: a comment on Ricklefs’s disintegrating communities

Brooker, Rob and Callaway, Ray and Cavieres, Lohen and Kikvidze, Zaal and Lortie, Chris and Michalet, Richared and Pugnaire, Francisco and Valiente-Banuet, Alfonso and Whitham, Thomas (2009) Don’t diss integration: a comment on Ricklefs’s disintegrating communities. American Naturalist, 174. pp. 919-927.

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Ricklefs’s recent call to investigate ecological processes at large scales helps focus ecologists’ attention on an undoubtedly important topic. However, we believe that some of his accompanying arguments for the primacy of such work and, in particular, for the need to “disintegrate” the local community concept are flawed. We revisit Ricklefs’s main tenets and demonstrate that research on local communities is a vital part of understanding processes and diversity across a range of spatial and temporal scales. The integration of research across spatial scales expands our horizons and understanding of ecology and evolution, and this should not be unnecessarily constrained to one extreme or the other.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Ecology
Divisions: Institutes > 4D Research Institute
Depositing User: Prof. Zaal Kikvidze
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 06:11
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 06:11

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