Scaling up and down: movement ecology for microorganisms

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Nathan I. Wisnoski, Jay T. Lennon


Movement is critical for the fitness of organisms, both large and small. It dictates how individuals acquire resources, evade predators, exchange genetic material, and respond to stressful environments. Movement also influences ecological and evolutionary dynamics at scales beyond the individual organism. However, the links between individual motility and the processes that generate and maintain microbial diversity are poorly understood. Movement ecology is a framework linking the physiological and behavioral properties of individuals to movement patterns across scales of space, time, and biological organization. By synthesizing insights from cell biology, ecology, and evolution, we expand theory from movement ecology to predict the causes and consequences of microbial movements from small to large scales.



Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Life Sciences, Microbiology


cross-scale integration, dispersal, ecology, evolution, motility, movement


Published: 2022-06-19 22:02


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