"Embracing Historical Contingency in Ecological Community Assembly"

Dr. Tadashi Fukami (Stanford University)

Wednesday, March 28, Time: 4:15PM

Location: Galileo McAlister Hall, Harvey Mudd College

Abstract: This talk will have two parts. First, I am going to provide a brief overview of the current status of community ecology. In particular, I will focus on why historical contingency, or the effects of the order of species arrival on the way species assemble into communities, has been overlooked and why it should be and can be embraced in future research. Second, as an illustrative example of such research, I will discuss some recent and ongoing work on the bacteria and yeasts that colonize floral nectar and their relationships with plants and pollinators.

FMI: Marty Meyer, wallace.meyer@pomona.edu