Population and Community Ecology Lab
Research in the PACE lab mainly deals with the robustness of ecological communities to different kind of perturbations including species loss, changes in demographic rates of interacting species and changes in the strengths of interactions among species.
We are particularly interested in how interactions among species govern the response of ecosystems to different kinds of disturbances like climate change, harvesting and habitat fragmentation. How will such disturbances affect community structure and stability? What is the risk and extent of cascading extinctions?
We develop and apply community viability and sensitivity analysis to identify fragile/robust community structures, keystone species and vulnerable species. How will the structure of communities, like their diversity, connectance and modularity, affect their robustness? How does keystone status and vulnerability of species depend on traits like body size, trophic position, trophic uniqueness, number of links to other species?
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Present Research Areas
- Food Webs in Variable Environments (Alva Curtsdotter, David Gilljam, Linda Kaneryd, Peter Münger and Bo Ebenman)
- Dynamics of Metacommunities (Anna Eklöf, Céline Hauzy, Linda Kaneryd, Peter Münger and Bo Ebenman)
- Sensitivity and Elasticity Analysis at the Community Level (Sofia Berg, Tomas Jonsson and Bo Ebenman)
- Ecologically Effective Population Sizes (Torbjörn Säterberg, Stefan Sellman, Peter Münger and Bo Ebenman)
- Distributions of Species Body Sizes and Ecosystem Dynamics – projects within the ESF research networking programme SIZEMIC (Sofia Berg, Alva Curtsdotter, Anna Eklöf, David Gilljam and Bo Ebenman)
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Last updated: 02/18/11