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Untangling the complexity of priority effects in multi-species communities

Priority effects arise when the history of species arrival influences local species interactions, thereby affecting the composition of ecological communities. The outcome of some priority effects may be more difficult to predict than others, but this …

Synthesizing the effects of individual-level variation on coexistence

Intraspecific trait variation (ITV) is a widespread feature of life, but it is an open question how ITV affects between-species coexistence. Recent theoretical studies have produced contradictory results, with ITV promoting coexistence in some …

Understanding the emergence of contingent and deterministic exclusion in multispecies communities

Competitive exclusion can be classified as deterministic or as historically contingent. While competitive exclusion is the norm in nature, it has remained unclear when multispecies communities should be dominated by deterministic or contingent …