Journal article

Towards a probabilistic understanding about the context-dependency of species interactions

  • Song, Chuliang Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Av., Cambridge 02139, MA, USA
  • Ahn, Sarah Von Department of Mathematics, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Av., Cambridge 02139, MA, USA
  • Rohr, Rudolf P. Department of Biology - Ecology Evolution, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Saavedra, Serguei Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Av., Cambridge 02139, MA, USA
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    01.05.2020
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  • Trends in Ecology & Evolution. - 2020, vol. 35, no. 5, p. 384–396
English Observational and experimental studies have shown that an interaction class between two species (be it mutualistic, competitive, antagonistic, or neutral) may switch to a different class, depending on the biotic and abiotic factors within which species are observed. This complexity arising from the evidence of context-dependencies has underscored a difficulty in establishing a systematic analysis about the extent to which species interactions are expected to switch in nature and experiments. Here, we propose an overarching theoretical framework, by integrating probabilistic and structural approaches, to establish null expectations about switches of interaction classes across environmental contexts. This integration provides a systematic platform upon which it is possible to establish new hypotheses, clear predictions, and quantifiable expectations about the context-dependency of species interactions.
Faculty
Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Department
Département de Biologie
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  • English
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Biological sciences
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