Rapacciuolo G, Blois JL

The difficulty of integrating multiple theories, data and methods has slowed progress towards making unified inferences of ecological change generalizable across large spatial, temporal and taxonomic scales. However, recent progress towards a theoretical synthesis now provides a guiding framework for organizing and integrating all primary data and methods for spatiotemporal assemblageā€level inference in ecology. In this paper, we describe how recent theoretical developments can provide an organizing paradigm for linking advances in data collection and methodological frameworks across disparate ecological subā€disciplines and across large spatial and temporal scales.

Ecography 42: 1247-1266

Keywords: community ecology, dynamics, macroecology, paleoecology, processes, scale