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Metaecosystem dynamics drive community composition in experimental, multi-layered spatial networks

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Cross‐ecosystem subsidies are studied with a focus on resource exchange at local ecosystem boundaries. This perspective ignores regional dynamics that can emerge via constraints imposed by the landscape, potentially leading to spatially‐dependent effects of subsidies and spatial feedbacks. Using miniaturized landscape analogues of river dendritic and terrestrial lattice spatial networks, we manipulated and studied resource exchange between the two whole networks. We found community composition in dendritic networks depended on the resource pulse from the lattice network, with the strength of this effect declining in larger downstream patches. In turn, this spatially‐dependent effect imposed constraints on the lattice network with populations in that network reaching higher densities when connected to more central patches in the dendritic network. Consequently, localized cross‐ecosystem fluxes, and their respective effects on recipient ecosystems, must be studied in a perspective taking into account the explicit spatial configuration of the landscape
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hal-02376554 , version 1 (15-12-2020)

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Eric Harvey, Isabelle Gounand, Emanuel A Fronhofer, Florian Altermatt. Metaecosystem dynamics drive community composition in experimental, multi-layered spatial networks. Oikos, 2019, 129 (3), pp.402-412. ⟨10.1111/oik.07037⟩. ⟨hal-02376554⟩
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