Metacommunity theory is an extension of metapopulation theory with the goal of understanding how ecological communities vary through space and time. One off-shoot of metacommunity theory deals with understanding how community structure varies along biotic or environmental gradients. The Elements of Metacommunity Structure framework is a three-tiered analysis of metacommunity structure that enables the user to identify metacommunity properties that arise in site-by-species incidence matrices. These properties can then be related to underlying variables that influence species distributions. The EMS framework is now implemented in metacom, an open source R package that allows for the analysis and plotting of metacommunities. © 2014 The Author.
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Dallas, T. (2014). Metacom: An R package for the analysis of metacommunity structure. Ecography, 37 (4), 402-405. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00695.x