Exploring the complexity of competition in diverse plant communities Event as iCalendar

(Biological Sciences, Biodiversity and Biosecurity)

12 November 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1 Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds St

Host: SBS

Contact info: Prof Ant Poole

Contact email: a.poole@auckland.ac.nz

Associate Professor Daniel Stouffer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury
Associate Professor Daniel Stouffer

Speaker: Associate Professor Daniel Stouffer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury

Interactions are a defining characteristic of every species’ ‘milieu’, since no organism exists without participating in some sort of ecologically relevant interaction during its lifetime. In addition, interactions between species are regarded as a key driving force that determines species’ ability to thrive in different environments.

In this seminar, Associate Professor Stouffer will discuss new analyses of the competitive effects between plant species found in multiple locations around the world. In particular, he will show how the competitive interactions between these co-occurring plants give indications that competition is simultaneously more complex than initially thought, while also a decidedly ‘low-dimensional’ phenomenon. Finally, he will highlight the implications of these results for our understanding of coexistence in diverse communities and for competition theory in general.