A1 Journal article (refereed)
Effects of density, species interactions, and environmental stochasticity on the dynamics of British bird communities (2022)

Sandal, L., Grøtan, V., Sæther, B., Freckleton, R. P., Noble, D. G., & Ovaskainen, O. (2022). Effects of density, species interactions, and environmental stochasticity on the dynamics of British bird communities. Ecology, 103(8), Article e3731. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3731

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Sandal, Lisa; Grøtan, Vidar; Sæther, Bernt‐Erik; Freckleton, Robert P.; Noble, David G.; Ovaskainen, Otso

Journal or series: Ecology

ISSN: 0012-9658

eISSN: 1939-9170

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 13/04/2022

Volume: 103

Issue number: 8

Article number: e3731

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3731

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82675


Our knowledge of the factors affecting species abundances is mainly based on time-series analyses of a few well-studied species at single or few localities, but we know little about whether results from such analyses can be extrapolated to the community level. We apply a Joint Species Distribution Model to long-term time-series data on British bird communities to examine the relative contribution of intra- and interspecific density dependence at different spatial scales, as well as the influence of environmental stochasticity, to spatio-temporal interspecific variation in abundance. Intraspecific density dependence has the major structuring effect on these bird communities. In addition, environmental fluctuations affect spatiotemporal differences in abundance. In contrast, species interactions had a minor impact on variation in abundance. Thus, important drivers of single-species dynamics are also strongly affecting dynamics of communities in time and space.

Keywords: population dynamics; population dynamics; biotic communities; environmental changes; time series; stochastic processes; birds

Free keywords: community dynamics; density dependence; environmental stochasticity; joint species distribution model; multi-species; time-series; spatiotemporal; species interactions

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 3

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