Linking community and ecosystem dynamics through spatial ecology.

  title={Linking community and ecosystem dynamics through spatial ecology.},
  author={François Massol and Dominique Gravel and Nicolas Mouquet and Marc W. Cadotte and Tadashi Fukami and Mathew A. Leibold},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={14 3},
Classical approaches to food webs focus on patterns and processes occurring at the community level rather than at the broader ecosystem scale, and often ignore spatial aspects of the dynamics. However, recent research suggests that spatial processes influence both food web and ecosystem dynamics, and has led to the idea of 'metaecosystems'. However, these processes have been tackled separately by 'food web metacommunity' ecology, which focuses on the movement of traits, and 'landscape ecosystem… CONTINUE READING
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