Amazing how dramatic a single place can be in drylands in a season with some rainfall. Photos courtesy of Dr. Mike Westphal.
We would like to invite you to the ESA 2015 session OOS 37 (quite a few of us from the lab will be in attendance).
Implications of positive interaction studies to the future of ecological
research. The session is on Wednesday, August 12th from 8:00-11:30am.
The goal of this session is to highlight the current state of
facilitation research and describe the future projections including
available gaps in the literature. Broadly, this session provides a
synthesis of positive interaction studies across different ecosystems with
topics ranging from niche expansion, coexistence, evolutionary adaptation,
and global change. This set of studies showcase the growing importance of
positive interactions for ecological processes and biodiversity
coexistence. We also guarantee that it will be entirely entertaining. We
will be on social media to share and explore questions in real time. We are
encouraging presenters to share in advance as well.
8:00 AM – A role for soil microbial communities in plant-plant facilitation
Cristina Armas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Yudi M.
Lozano, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Sara Hortal,
University of Western Sydney; Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría, Centre for
Functional Ecology; Francisco I. Pugnaire, Consejo Superior de
8:20 AM – Positive interactions expand habitat use and the realized niches
of sympatric species
Sinead M. Crotty, Brown University; Mark D. Bertness, Brown University
8:40 AM – Facilitation in plant communities: Driver of evolutionary
Christian Smit, University of Groningen
9:00 AM – The future of gradient studies in examining plant-plant
interactions for the next 100 years
Chris Lortie, York University
9:20 AM – The consequences of plant–plant interactions at the community
level: A niche-based approach
Christian Schöb, University of Zurich; Sara Hortal, University of Western
Sydney; Alison J. Karley, The James Hutton Institute; Luna Morcillo,
Universitat d’Alacant; Andrian C. Newton, The James Hutton Institute; Robin
J. Pakeman, The James Hutton Institute; Jeff R. Powell, University of
Western Sydney; Ian Anderson, University of Western Sydney; Rob W. Brooker,
The James Hutton Institute
9:40 AM – Break
9:50 AM – The competition cascade: Indirect facilitation emerges as a key
driver of species richness under neutral, niche or individual difference
Eliot J. B. McIntire, Natural Resources Canada
10:10 AM – Positive species interactions and climate change at global scales
Qiang He, Duke University; Brian R. Silliman, Duke University
The session is on room 314 of the Baltimore Convention Center. We hope to
see you there!