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'''Questions from my talk:'''
True or false?
1. Classical ecological models are inadequate for understanding microbial ecosystems.
2. The large-scale, reproducible patterns we see across microbiomes are emergent features of “typical random ecosystems.”
3. Diverse communities will almost always behave like “random ecosystems.”
'''Question I want to discuss'''
Can large-scale ecological changes over time be understood through simple general principles? (Samraat, Jacopo, Priyanga, me: flux balance/metabolic rates, random matrix theory, biochemical and morphological constraints)
Are there ecological summary statistics that change monotonically over time? (Jacopo, and some of my work that I didn't talk about -- see references)
Which properties of individual organisms are essential for predicting large-scale ecological changes?
- Pamela -- why do some vaccines fail to produce large-scale ecological change (i.e., pathogen extinction)?
- Greg -- importance of distribution of susceptibilities to dynamics of epizootic onset.
- Fernanda -- importance of adaptive foraging for understanding why pollinator systems don't collapse -- and why they might under new circumstances.
- Samraat -- taking the mechanics of inter-species interaction seriously, understanding how they affect response of ecosystem to temperature changes.
- Priyanga -- asymmetry of reaction norms for temperature variation.
What do we miss when we focus too much on equilibrium/steady states? (Prevalence of cyclic disturbance/recovery dynamics -- Greg, Samraat)