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Gary G. Mittelbach and Brian J. McGill

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198835851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198835851.001.0001

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Some concluding remarks and a look ahead

Some concluding remarks and a look ahead

(p.334) Chapter 17 Some concluding remarks and a look ahead
Community Ecology

Gary G. Mittelbach

Brian J. McGill

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on the successes achieved and challenges that remain in the study of ecological communities. It concludes with a discussion of research topics expected to occupy the attention of community ecologists for the next decade or so and that may yield big dividends in terms of understanding the processes that structure communities and govern their functioning. These include metacommunities and the integration of local and regional processes; the drivers of regional biodiversity; community assembly and functional traits; pathogens, parasites and natural enemies; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; changing technology will change how we collect data; eco-evolutionary feedbacks and regional pool processes; climate change, and its effects on species distributions and species interactions; and the role of time.

Keywords:   community ecology, conclusions, future directions, local and regional linkages, pattern and process, species distributions, species interactions

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