Macroecology

Definition

Macroecology is the study of broad scale ecological patterns and processes. The focus is rarely on single communities and ecosystems, and instead looks at principles that apply more broadly such as metabolic scaling, extinction risk and diversity gradients.

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News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    A trait-based approach for assessing physiological sensitivity to climate change can connect a species' evolutionary past with its future vulnerability. Now a global assessment of freshwater and marine fishes reveals patterns of warming sensitivity, highlighting the importance of different biogeographies and identifying places where vulnerability runs high.

    • Jennifer Sunday
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Similarities in planning, development and culture within urban areas may lead to the convergence of ecological processes on continental scales. Transdisciplinary, multi-scale research is now needed to understand and predict the impact of human-dominated landscapes on ecosystem structure and function.

    • Peter M. Groffman
    • , Meghan Avolio
    • , Jeannine Cavender-Bares
    • , Neil D. Bettez
    • , J. Morgan Grove
    • , Sharon J. Hall
    • , Sarah E. Hobbie
    • , Kelli L. Larson
    • , Susannah B. Lerman
    • , Dexter H. Locke
    • , James B. Heffernan
    • , Jennifer L. Morse
    • , Christopher Neill
    • , Kristen C. Nelson
    • , Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne
    • , Diane E. Pataki
    • , Colin Polsky
    • , Rinku Roy Chowdhury
    •  & Tara L. E. Trammell
  • Comments and Opinion |

    A steep decline in archiving could make large tree-ring datasets irrelevant. But increased spatiotemporal coverage, the addition of novel parameters at sub-annual resolution, and integration with other in situ and remote Earth observations will elevate tree-ring data as an essential component of global-change research.

    • Flurin Babst
    • , Benjamin Poulter
    • , Paul Bodesheim
    • , Miguel D. Mahecha
    •  & David C. Frank