Community-level density dependence: an example from a shallow coral assemblage.

@article{Tanner2009CommunitylevelDD,
  title={Community-level density dependence: an example from a shallow coral assemblage.},
  author={Jason E Tanner and Terence Peter Hughes and Joseph Hurd Connell},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={90 2},
  pages={
          506-16
        }
}
While density dependence is a popular topic of research in population ecology, it has received much less attention at the community level. Using 27 years of data from Heron Island, on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, we develop a matrix model of coral community dynamics that shows that community-level density dependence does occur and that it is fairly common, being found in 38% of the model parameters for which it was tested. In particular, colonization of free space (through either recruitment… CONTINUE READING

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