Intraspecific variation and ecological stoichiometry
Ecological stoichiometry traces elements and their ratios through organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems to explain mechanisms underpinning ecological interactions. I use a stoichiometric approach to understand how evolutionary processes might scale directly to ecosystem-level elemental flows. This approach requires understanding how much variation there is among individuals of a population, the strength of stoichiometric homeostasis across populations, and how various stressors–including predators, resource availability, and temperature–affect the stoichiometric phenotype. The goal of this work is a conceptual integration of evolutionary and ecosystem processes.
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