climate change and ecological communities


Species interactions (competition, predation, mutualism, etc.) are fundamental to community composition and species distributions. However, current models predicting the effects of climate change on species distributions and community composition do not incorporate species interactions. Anticipating these changes is becoming increasingly important with the recognition that no-analog climates and no-analog communities are likely to occur during climate change. 

To address these themes, I am developing semi-mechanistic models that account for species interactions as well as changing environmental conditions. These models can be used to understand how species interactions may mediate or exacerbate the effects of climate change on species and communities, and identify potential compositions and distributions of communities.


Climate change and ecological communities