Thinking inside the box: community-level consequences of stage-structured populations.

  title={Thinking inside the box: community-level consequences of stage-structured populations.},
  author={Tom E. X. Miller and Volker H W Rudolf},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={26 9},
Ecologists have historically represented consumer-resource interactions with boxes and arrows. A key assumption of this conceptualization is that all individuals inside a box are functionally equivalent. Demographic stage structure, however, is a widespread source of heterogeneity inside the boxes. Synthesizing recent studies, we show that stage structure can modify the dynamics of consumer-resource communities owing to stage-related shifts in the nature and strength of interactions that occur… CONTINUE READING
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