Historical contingency in species interactions: towards niche-based predictions

  title={Historical contingency in species interactions: towards niche-based predictions},
  author={Rachel L. Vannette and Tadashi Fukami and Tim Wootton},
  booktitle={Ecology letters},
The way species affect one another in ecological communities often depends on the order of species arrival. The magnitude of such historical contingency, known as priority effects, varies across species and environments, but this variation has proven difficult to predict, presenting a major challenge in understanding species interactions and consequences for community structure and function. Here, we argue that improved predictions can be achieved by decomposing species' niches into three… CONTINUE READING
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