Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Linking Community and Ecosystem Dynamics

Date: 21 October 2018 - 26 October 2018
Location: Herdershut, Schiermonnikoog

The research fields community and ecosystem ecology have diverged more or less independently over the last decennia. Progress is made in understanding shifts in community composition under the influence of environmental change and how these shifts can be explained by functional trait approaches of component species. Studies in ecosystem ecology traditionally have a strong focus on energy and nutrient fluxes and how deviation in these fluxes affect ecosystem functioning and stability. Recent studies reveal tight links between these sub-disciplines that enforce us to rethink how communities and ecosystems interact.

This course focuses on theoretical concepts such as autocatalytic loops and feedbacks between organisms, thermodynamics in species interactions and the importance of ecosystem engineers and how these principles can be used to link communities to ecosystems to enable to understand how environmental change affect community and ecosystem dynamics.

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Former occurrences of this course

  • 12-17 November 2017 (cancelled)
  • 15-20 November 2015




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