Community ecology

Community ecology is the study of communities formed of populations of different species. It includes the study of the interactions between species, such as mutualism, predation and competition, and the dynamics and structure of the community.

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  • News and Views |

    A survey of 16S rRNA sequences of the skin microbiomes of amphibians across the globe reveals links between climate and species richness as well as potential bacterial gene functions. The work paves the way for mechanistic studies of how the environment affects microbial community assembly.

    • Andrea J. Jani
  • News and Views |

    Rapid evolution of morphological variations is shown to be linked to positions of coral reef fishes at trophic-web extremes. This finding suggests that current fishing practices on coral reefs that target top predators and seaweed-grazing fishes may undermine the potential for future species diversification.

    • Mariana G. Bender
    •  & Osmar J. Luiz
  • News and Views |

    Characteristics shared by different plant species can be used to decipher where they are found in nature. A new global analysis indicates that using this code to understand what shapes plant communities must consider spatial scale.

    • Ellen I. Damschen
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    A coordinated distributed experiment, replicated across multiple labs and multiple taxa, reveals that both resources and predators govern dispersal between habitats, affecting local and regional stability of biological communities.

    • Tadeu Siqueira
    •  & Alison Wunderlich