Metabolic theory and taxonomic identity predict nutrient recycling in a diverse food web.

@article{Allgeier2015MetabolicTA,
  title={Metabolic theory and taxonomic identity predict nutrient recycling in a diverse food web.},
  author={Jacob E Allgeier and Seth J. Wenger and Amy D Rosemond and Daniel E Schindler and Craig A. Layman},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2015},
  volume={112 20},
  pages={E2640-7}
}
Reconciling the degree to which ecological processes are generalizable among taxa and ecosystems, or contingent on the identity of interacting species, remains a critical challenge in ecology. Ecological stoichiometry (EST) and metabolic theory of ecology (MTE) are theoretical approaches used to evaluate how consumers mediate nutrient dynamics and energy flow through ecosystems. Recent theoretical work has explored the utility of these theories, but empirical tests in species-rich ecological… CONTINUE READING
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