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Title: Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small

Abstract

Macroecology is the study of the mechanisms underlying general patterns of ecology across scales. Research in microbial ecology and macroecology have long been detached. In this work, we argue that it is time to bridge the gap, as they share a common currency of species and individuals, and a common tenet of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity. Microbial ecology and macroecology will mutually benefit from a unified research agenda and shared datasets that span the entirety of the biodiversity of life and the geographic expanse of the Earth.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [5];  [6];  [7];  [8];  [9]
  1. Plant Resilience Inst., East Lansing, MI (United States)
  2. North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States); Univ. of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark); German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig (Germany)
  3. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig (Germany)
  4. Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR (United States)
  5. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig (Germany); Friedrich Schiller Univ., Jena (Germany)
  6. Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States)
  7. Univ. of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark); Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, VT (United States)
  8. Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR), Prague (Czech Republic); Charles Univ., Prague (Czech Republic)
  9. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig (Germany); Martin Luther Univ., Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1506669
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0018409
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0169-5347
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; species–area relationship; rarefaction; diversity gradient; species abundance distribution; distance decay; metabolic theory of ecology; abundance occupancy; metagenomics; microbiome

Citation Formats

Shade, Ashley, Dunn, Robert R., Blowes, Shane A., Keil, Petr, Bohannan, Brendan J. M., Herrmann, Martina, Küsel, Kirsten, Lennon, Jay T., Sanders, Nathan J., Storch, David, and Chase, Jonathan. Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.08.005.
Shade, Ashley, Dunn, Robert R., Blowes, Shane A., Keil, Petr, Bohannan, Brendan J. M., Herrmann, Martina, Küsel, Kirsten, Lennon, Jay T., Sanders, Nathan J., Storch, David, & Chase, Jonathan. Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small. United States. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.08.005.
Shade, Ashley, Dunn, Robert R., Blowes, Shane A., Keil, Petr, Bohannan, Brendan J. M., Herrmann, Martina, Küsel, Kirsten, Lennon, Jay T., Sanders, Nathan J., Storch, David, and Chase, Jonathan. Sun . "Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small". United States. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.08.005. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1506669.
@article{osti_1506669,
title = {Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small},
author = {Shade, Ashley and Dunn, Robert R. and Blowes, Shane A. and Keil, Petr and Bohannan, Brendan J. M. and Herrmann, Martina and Küsel, Kirsten and Lennon, Jay T. and Sanders, Nathan J. and Storch, David and Chase, Jonathan},
abstractNote = {Macroecology is the study of the mechanisms underlying general patterns of ecology across scales. Research in microbial ecology and macroecology have long been detached. In this work, we argue that it is time to bridge the gap, as they share a common currency of species and individuals, and a common tenet of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity. Microbial ecology and macroecology will mutually benefit from a unified research agenda and shared datasets that span the entirety of the biodiversity of life and the geographic expanse of the Earth.},
doi = {10.1016/j.tree.2018.08.005},
journal = {Trends in Ecology and Evolution},
number = 10,
volume = 33,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {9}
}

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