In collaboration with NutNet scientists, we used a globally coordinated experimental network and demonstrated that both alpha and beta diversity contributes to stabilizing natural grassland ecosystems, a prediction made by Wang & Loreau (2014, 2016). Furthermore, our results showed that eutrophication can dampen the stabilizing effects of biodiversity at both local and regional scales. The paper, now published in Nature Communications, was led by Dr Yann Hautier and co-corresponded by Yann and Shaopeng.
Welcome to Theoretical Ecology Lab! We develop new theory and conduct theory-driven empirical analysis to address real-world problems, particularly predicting the ecological consequences of global environmental and biodiversity changes. One challenge in addressing these problems, is to develop a synthetic ecological theory that integrates closely related, yet have separately developed subdisciplines, e.g. community ecology, ecosystem ecology and landscape ecology. Our research aims to contribute to such a synthetic theory.