Community efficiency: testing MacArthur's minimisation principle for competitive communities

  • Marshall, Dustin (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • White - do not use, Craig (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Loreau, Michel (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Robert MacArthur, one of the 20th century's greatest ecologists, developed theory that had profound impacts on our understanding of island biogeography, species coexistence, and competition, yet one of his most powerful theoretical predictions, that competitive communities should become more efficient over time, has never been tested. A greater understanding of the dynamics of community efficiency will provide profound insights into the role of that community in the broader ecosystem, as well as strong predictions about the invasibility and stability of that community.
Effective start/end date2/01/1431/12/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD351,334.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD6,666.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)