Biotic mechanisms of community stability shift along a precipitation gradient.

  title={Biotic mechanisms of community stability shift along a precipitation gradient.},
  author={Lauren M. Hallett and Joanna S Hsu and Elsa E. Cleland and Scott L Collins and Timothy L. Dickson and Emily C. Farrer and Laureano A. Gherardi and Katherine L. Gross and Richard J. Hobbs and Laura Turnbull and Katharine Nash Suding},
  volume={95 6},
Understanding how biotic mechanisms confer stability in variable environments is a fundamental quest in ecology, and one that is becoming increasingly urgent with global change. Several mechanisms, notably a portfolio effect associated with species richness, compensatory dynamics generated by negative species covariance and selection for stable dominant species populations can increase the stability of the overall community. While the importance of these mechanisms is debated, few studies have… CONTINUE READING
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