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General statistical scaling laws for stability in ecological systems

Clark, Adam Thomas and Arnoldi, Jean-Francois and Zelnik, Yuval and Barabas, Gyorgy and Hodapp, Dorothee and Karakoc, Canan and Koenig, Sara and Radchuk, Viktoriia and Donohue, Ian and Huth, Andreas and Jacquet, Claire and de Mazancourt, Claire and Mentges, Andrea and Nothaass, Dorian and Shoemaker, Lauren G. and Taubert, Franziska and Wiegand, Thorsten and Wang, Shaopeng and Chase, Jonathan M. and Loreau, Michel and Harpole, Stanley (2021). General statistical scaling laws for stability in ecological systems. Ecology Letters. 24 , 1474-1486
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Abstract

Ecological stability refers to a family of concepts used to describe how systems of interacting species vary through time and respond to disturbances. Because observed ecological stability depends on sampling scales and environmental context, it is notoriously difficult to compare measurements across sites and systems. Here, we apply stochastic dynamical systems theory to derive general statistical scaling relationships across time, space, and ecological level of organisation for three fundamental stability aspects: resilience, resistance, and invariance. These relationships can be calibrated using random or representative samples measured at individual scales, and projected to predict average stability at other scales across a wide range of contexts. Moreover deviations between observed vs. extrapolated scaling relationships can reveal information about unobserved heterogeneity across time, space, or species. We anticipate that these methods will be useful for cross-study synthesis of stability data, extrapolating measurements to unobserved scales, and identifying underlying causes and consequences of heterogeneity.

Authors/Creators:Clark, Adam Thomas and Arnoldi, Jean-Francois and Zelnik, Yuval and Barabas, Gyorgy and Hodapp, Dorothee and Karakoc, Canan and Koenig, Sara and Radchuk, Viktoriia and Donohue, Ian and Huth, Andreas and Jacquet, Claire and de Mazancourt, Claire and Mentges, Andrea and Nothaass, Dorian and Shoemaker, Lauren G. and Taubert, Franziska and Wiegand, Thorsten and Wang, Shaopeng and Chase, Jonathan M. and Loreau, Michel and Harpole, Stanley
Title:General statistical scaling laws for stability in ecological systems
Series Name/Journal:Ecology Letters
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:24
Page range:1474-1486
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:1461-023X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:community, disturbance, diversity, invariability, invariance, population, resilience, resistance, spatial, temporal
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111810
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111810
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1111/ele.13760
Web of Science (WoS)000646764200001
ID Code:24786
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:02 Jul 2021 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jul 2021 12:31

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