Community persistence and stability

Currently organisms are experiencing change at an unprecedented rate. Therefore knowing what traits or functions enhance a community's ability to persist through time, resist environmental change, and be resilient post environmental events are vital to conservation efforts. Genetic variation, species diversity, species connectivity, and other aspects of community properties have been implicated in community persistence and stability. My research is particularly interested in 1) how intraspecific variation may enhance the stability of community networks, 2) the relative importance of different aspects of biodiversity influences a community's ability to persist (re: species evenness) and 3) the role of species diversity vs. abundance on community persistence and stability.