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Research Article

Non-Linear Interactions between Consumers and Flow Determine the Probability of Plant Community Dominance on Maine Rocky Shores

  • Brian R. Silliman mail,

    brs@ufl.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Michael W. McCoy,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America, Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Geoffrey C. Trussell,

    Affiliation: Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Caitlin M. Crain,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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  • Patrick J. Ewanchuk,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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  • Mark D. Bertness

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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  • Published: August 05, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067625

About the Authors

Brian R. Silliman, Michael W. McCoy
Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America
Michael W. McCoy
Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, United States of America
Geoffrey C. Trussell
Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America
Caitlin M. Crain, Patrick J. Ewanchuk, Mark D. Bertness
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: brs@ufl.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: BRS MDB GCT PJE. Performed the experiments: BRS MDB GCT PJE CMC. Analyzed the data: BRS MWM. Wrote the paper: BRS MDB GCT MWM PJE CMC.