Jacquelyn Gill Seminar: Come together, right now: ecological communities as temporal phenomena

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In recent decades, there have been significant advancements in understanding how ecological processes play out across spatial scales, but we have lagged in developing a similar framework for understanding communities as temporal phenomena. From historical legacies to disequilibrium dynamics, to understand the “where” and “how” of communities, we must also understand the “when.” This talk will explore examples from community ecology, including the paleoecological record, highlighting the need for an improved conceptual framework to understand communities not only as dynamic entities, but as outcomes of processes across timescales.