Animals affect plants and other animals in their shared ecosystems through both direct and indirect connections. Dr. Robert Pringle and colleagues study these connections by setting up experimental plots of land from which they exclude different sizes of animals and then measure and compare the effects on various plots. They have documented a large number of both positive and negative effects. To interpret the data and determine the net effects on ecosystems, Dr. Pringle enlisted the help of mathematical modeler Dr. Corina Tarnita.
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