Herrmann NC, Stroud JT, Losos JB. The Evolution of ‘Ecological Release’ into the 21st Century. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 2021;36 (3) :206-215. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Ecological release, originally conceived as niche expansion following a reduction in interspecific competition, may prompt invasion success, morphological evolution, speciation, and other ecological and evolutionary outcomes. However, the concept has not been recently reviewed. Here, we trace the study of ‘ecological release’ from its inception through the present day and find that current definitions are broad and highly varied. Viewing this development as a potential impediment to clear communication and hypothesis testing, we suggest a consensus definition for ecological release: niche expansions and shifts when a constraining interspecific interaction is reduced or removed. In rationalizing this definition, we highlight the various ways ecological release can unfold and address its potential evolutionary consequences.
Kamath A, Herrmann NC, Gotanda KM, Shim KC, LaFond J, Cottone G, Falkner H, Campbell TS, Stuart YE. Character displacement in the midst of background evolution in island populations of Anolis lizards: A spatiotemporal perspective. Evolution. 2020;74 (10) :2250–2264.
Herrmann NC. How lost lizards and Hurricane Irma are helping me get through coronavirus restrictions. Nature. 2020. Publisher's Version
Rabe AM, Herrmann NC, Culbertson KA, Donihue CM, Prado-Irwin SR. Post-hurricane shifts in the morphology of island lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2020;130 (1) :156–165. Publisher's Version
Reynolds GR, Puente-Rolón AR, Geneva AJ, Aviles-Rodriguez KJ, Herrmann NC. Discovery of a Remarkable New Boa from the Conception Island Bank, Bahamas. Breviora. 2016;549 (1) :1-19.
Altieri AH, Bertness MD, Coverdale TC, Axelman EE, Herrmann NC, Szathmary LP. Feedbacks underlie the resilience of salt marshes and rapid reversal of consumer‐driven die‐off. Ecology. 2013;94 (7) :1647-1657.
Coverdale TC, Herrmann NC, Altieri AH, Bertness MD. Latent impacts: the role of historical human activity in coastal habitat loss. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2013;11 (2) :69-74.
Altieri AH, Bertness MD, Coverdale TC, Herrmann NC, Angelini C. A trophic cascade triggers collapse of a salt‐marsh ecosystem with intensive recreational fishing. Ecology. 2012;93 (6) :1402-1410.
Holdredge C, Bertness MD, Herrmann NC, Gedan KB. Fiddler crab control of cordgrass primary production in sandy sediments. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2009;399 :253.