Variable definitions in community ecology

Community ecology is confusing. This is confounded by the interchangeable use of many terms in the discipline.

A bunch of other graduate students and I discussed this recently at a reading group meeting (read: beer and hot dogs), and we wondered just how variable peoples interpretations of these common terms were.

We have made a short survey (4 questions) asking you to define four common terms: ‘community’, ‘assemblage’, ‘guild’ and ‘ensemble’ – please contribute!

The survey can be found here!

Many thanks!