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dc.contributor.authorGhedini, G.en
dc.contributor.authorRussell, B.en
dc.contributor.authorConnell, S.en
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationEcology Letters, 2015; 18(2):182-187en
dc.identifier.issn1461-023Xen
dc.identifier.issn1461-0248en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2440/101398-
dc.description.abstractDisturbance often results in small changes in community structure, but the probability of transitioning to contrasting states increases when multiple disturbances combine. Nevertheless, we have limited insights into the mechanisms that stabilise communities, particularly how perturbations can be absorbed without restructuring (i.e. resistance). Here, we expand the concept of compensatory dynamics to include countervailing mechanisms that absorb disturbances through trophic interactions. By definition, ‘compensation’ occurs if a specific disturbance stimulates a proportional countervailing response that eliminates its otherwise unchecked effect. We show that the compounding effects of disturbances from local to global scales (i.e. local canopy-loss, eutrophication, ocean acidification) increasingly promote the expansion of weedy species, but that this response is countered by a proportional increase in grazing. Finally, we explore the relatively unrecognised role of compensatory effects, which are likely to maintain the resistance of communities to disturbance more deeply than current thinking allows.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityGiulia Ghedini, Bayden D. Russell and Sean D. Connellen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.rights© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd/CNRSen
dc.subjectclimate change; compensatory; inertia; stressors; top-downen
dc.titleTrophic compensation reinforces resistance: herbivory absorbs the increasing effects of multiple disturbancesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.rmid0030020166en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/ele.12405en
dc.identifier.pubid168631-
pubs.library.collectionEcology, Evolution and Landscape Science publicationsen
pubs.library.teamDS11en
pubs.verification-statusVerifieden
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
dc.identifier.orcidRussell, B. [0000-0003-1282-9978]en
dc.identifier.orcidConnell, S. [0000-0002-5350-6852]en
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