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Speaker: Prof. Tadashi Fukami, Department of Biology, Stanford University

Time: 4:00–5:00pm

Location: 48-316

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series
Hosted by: Otto Cordero (ottox@mit.edu) Serguei Saavedra (sersaa@mit.edu)

The history of species arrival can be a major determinant of the structure and function of ecological communities over ecological and evolutionary time. This historical contingency, called priority effects, is often viewed as a nuisance that hinders progress in community ecology. In my talk, I will argue that this view is misguided and discuss how we can embrace historical contingency to better understand community structure and function. As an illustrative example, I will present some recent and ongoing work on microbial communities that develop in floral nectar.

Open to: the general public

For more information, contact:
Denise Stewart