Community ecology

Communities are not mere collections of species, but combine to create an array of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity. Our research examines how the structure and function of freshwater communities – which may include species composition, life-history, or population dynamics – respond to hydrologic variability, human land-use and novel species invasions.

Recent lab publications in this area include:

Mims, M.C., and J.D. Olden. 2012. Life history theory predicts streamflow effects on fish assemblage response to hydrologic regimes. Ecology 93:35-45. PDF & Appendices

Lawrence, D.J., Larson, E.R., Reidy Liermann, C.A., Mims, M.C., Pool, T.K., and J.D. Olden. 2011. National parks as protected areas for U.S. freshwater fish diversity. Conservation Letters 4:364-371. PDF & Supplementary Information & Mapping resources

Olden, J.D. and M.J. Kennard. 2010. Intercontinental comparison of fish life-history strategies along a gradient of hydrologic variability. Community Ecology of Stream Fishes: Concepts, Approaches, and Techniques (Ed. Gido, K. B. and D. A. Jackson). American Fisheries Society Symposium 73: 83-107. PDF