Linking Species and Ecosystems: Where’s Darwin?
Ecosystem ecology and evolutionary biology have traditionally been largely separate intellectual endeavors. Yet the organismal traits mechanistically responsible for many ecosystem processes result from evolutionary dynamics; those dynamics, in turn, are constrained by ecosystem processes. An understanding of evolution could enrich ecosystem studies in several ways: (1) it can provide adaptive interpretations of resource acquisition and utilization; (2) it can show how contingency and rarity limit predictability.
KeywordsEvolutionary Dynamic Ecosystem Process Ecosystem Study Ecosystem Ecology Ungrazed Site
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