Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
We propose research to fill key gaps in the areas of population and community ecology, based on a National Science Foundation workshop identifying funding priorities for the next 5–10 years. Our vision for the near future of ecology focuses on three core areas: predicting the strength and context-dependence of species interactions across multiple scales; identifying the importance of feedbacks from individual interactions to ecosystem dynamics; and linking pattern with process to understand species coexistence. We outline a combination of theory development and explicit, realistic tests of hypotheses needed to advance population and community ecology.
Copyright 2007 by the Ecological Society of America. Anurag A. Agrawal, David D. Ackerly, Fred Adler, A Elizabeth Arnold, Carla Cáceres, Daniel F. Doak, Eric Post, Peter J. Hudson, John Maron, Kailen A. Mooney, Mary Power, Doug Schemske, Jay Stachowicz, Sharon Strauss, Monica G. Turner, and Earl Werner 2007. Filling key gaps in population and community ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5: 145–152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295(2007)5[145:FKGIPA]2.0.CO;2.