Peter Chesson's publications


Chesson, P.L. 1976. The canonical decomposition of bivariate distributions. J. Multivariate Analysis 6, 526-537.


Tallis, G.M., Chesson, P.L. 1977. The relationhip between a class of asymptotically normal estimators and goodness of fit tests. Australian J. Statistics 18, 53-61.


Chesson, P.L. 1978. Predator-prey theory and variability. Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 9, 323-347.


Chesson, P.L., Warner, R.R. 1981. Environmental variability promotes coexistence in lottery competitive systems. American Naturalist 117, 923-943.


Chesson, P.L. 1981. Models for spatially distributed populations: the effect of within-patch variability. Theor. Pop. Biol. 19, 288-325.


Tallis, G.M., Chesson, P.L. 1982. Identifiability of mixtures. J. Austral. Math. Soc. (Series A) 32, 339-348.


Chesson, P.L. 1982. The stabilizing effect of a random environment. J. Math. Biol. 15, 1-36.


Chesson, P.L. 1983. Coexistence of competitors in a stochastic environment: the storage effect. Lect. Notes Biomath. 52, 188-198.


Chesson, P.L. 1984. The storage effect in stochastic population models. Lect. Notes Biomath. 54, 76-89.


Chesson, P.L. 1984. Infinitely divisible random transition probabilities with application to dependent Markov chains. J. Austral. Math. Soc. (Series B) 25, 463-472.


Chesson, P.L. 1984. Variable predators and switching behavior. Theor. Pop. Biol. 26, 1-26.


Chesson, P.L. 1984. Persistence of a Markovian population in a stochastic environment. Zeitschrift fur Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie 66, 97-107.


Chesson, P.L. 1985. Coexistence of competitors in spatially and temporally varying environments: a look at the combined effects of different sorts of variability. Theor. Pop. Biol. 28, 263-287.


Warner, R.R., Chesson, P.L. 1985. Coexistence mediated by recruitment fluctuations: a field guide to the storage effect. American Naturalist 125, 769-787.


Murdoch, W.W., Chesson, J., Chesson, P.L. 1985. Biological control in theory and practice. American Naturalist 125, 344-366.


Chesson, P.L. 1986. Environmental variation and the coexistence of species. Pp 240-256 in J. Diamond and T. Case, eds, "Community Ecology," Harper and Row.


Chesson, P.L., Case, T.J. 1986. Nonequilibrium community theories: chance, variability, history, and coexistence. Pp 229-239 in J. Diamond and T. Case, eds, "Community Ecology," Harper and Row.


Chesson, P.L., Murdoch, W.W. 1986. Aggregation of risk: relationships among host-parasitoid models. American Naturalist 127, 696 - 715.


Mittelbach, G., Chesson, P.L. 1987. Predation risk: indirect effects on fish populations. Pp 315-332 in W.C. Kerfoot and A. Sih, eds, "Predation: direct and indirect effects on aquatic communities."


Chesson, P.L. 1988. Interactions between environment and competition: how environmental fluctuations mediate coexistence and competitive exclusion. Lecture Notes in Biomathematics 77, 51-71.


Chesson, P.L., Huntly, N. 1988. Community consequences of life-history traits in a variable environment. Annales Zoologici Fennici 25, 5-16.


Chesson, P.L., Ellner, S. 1989. Invasibility and stochastic boundedness in monotonic competition models. J. Math. Biol. 27, 117-138.


Marschall, E.A., Chesson, P.L., Stein, R.A. 1989. Foraging in a patchy environment: prey-encounter rate and residence time distributions. Animal Behaviour 37, 444-454.


DeVries, D.R., Stein, R.A., Chesson, P.L. 1989. Sunfish foraging among patches: The patch departure decision. Animal Behaviour 37, 455-464.


Chesson, P.L. 1989. A general model of the role of environmental variability in communities of competing species. American Mathematical Society: Lectures on Mathematics in the Life Sciences 20, 97-123.


Chesson, P., Huntly, N. 1989. Short-term instabilities and long-term community dynamics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 4, 293-298.


Hatfield, J., Chesson, P.L. 1989. Diffusion approximation and Stationary distribution for the lottery competition model. Theoretical Population Biology 36, 251-266.


Reeve, J.D., Kerans, B.L., Chesson, P.L. 1989. Combining different forms of parasitoid aggregation: effects on stability and patterns of parasitism. Oikos 56, 233-239.


Chesson, P. 1990. MacArthur's consumer-resource model. Theoret. Pop. Biol., 37, 26-38.


Butler, A.J., Chesson, P.L. 1990. Ecology of sessile animals on sublittoral hard substrata: the need to measure variation. Australian Journal of Ecology 15, 520-530.


Chesson, P. 1990. Geometry, heterogeneity and competition in variable environments. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond, Series B 330, 165-173.


Chesson, P. 1991. A need for niches? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 6, 26-28.


Chesson, P. 1991. Stochastic population models. In "Ecological Heterogeneity," J. Kolasa and S.T.A. Pickett (eds), Ecological Studies: analysis and synthesis 86, 123-143. Springer-Verlag, New York.


Chesson, P., Rosenzweig, M.L. 1991. Behavior, heterogeneity and the dynamics of interacting species. Ecology 72, 1187-1195.


Hassell, M.P., May, R.M., Pacala, S.W., Chesson, P.L. 1991. The persistence of host-parasitoid associations in patchy environments. I. A general criterion. American Naturalist 138, 568-583.

Baskin, C.C., Chesson, P.L., Baskin, J.M. 1993. Annual seed dormancy cycles in two desert winter annuals. J. Ecology 81, 551-556.


Chesson, P., Huntly, N. 1993. Temporal Hierarchies of Variation and the Maintenance of Diversity. Plant Species Biology 8, 195-206.


Chesson, P., Pantastico-Caldas, M. 1994. The Forest Architecture Hypothesis for Diversity Maintenance. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 9, 79-80.


Chesson, P. 1994. Multispecies competition in variable environments. Theoretical Population Biology 45, 227-276.


Lavorel, S., Chesson, P. 1995. How species with different regeneration niches coexist in patchy habitats with local disturbances. Oikos 74, 103-114.


Chesson, P. 1996. Matters of scale in the dynamics of populations and communities. Pp 353-368 In Frontiers of Population Ecology (eds. R.B. Floyd, A.W. Sheppard, and P. J. de Barro) CSIRO.


Hatfield, J., Chesson, P. 1996. Multispecies lottery competition: a diffusion analysis. Pp 615-622 in S. Tuljapurkar and H. Caswell, eds. Structured Population Models in Marine, Freshwater, and Terrestrial Systems. Chapman and Hall, New York.


Chesson, P. 1997. Diversity maintenance by integration of mechanisms over various scales. Proceedings of the 8th International Coral Reef Symposium, 1:405-410.


Chesson, P., Huntly, N. 1997. The roles of harsh and fluctuating conditions in the dynamics of ecological communities. American Naturalist 150, 519-553.

Chesson, P. 1998. Making sense of spatial models in ecology. Pp 151-166 in J. Bascompte and R. Sole (eds) “Modelling Spatiotemporal Dynamics in Ecology,” Academic Press.


Chesson, P. 1998. Appropriate Spatial Scales for Reef-fish Studies: a theoretical perspective. Pp 61-66 in Jones, G.P., Doherty, P.J., Mapstone, B.D., Howlett, L. (eds) ReeFish '95: Recruitment and Population Dynamics of Coral Reef Fishes. CRC Reef Research Centre, Townsville, Australia


Chesson, P. 1998. Recruitment limitation: a theoretical perspective. Pp 139-148 in Jones, G.P., Doherty, P.J., Mapstone, B.D., Howlett, L. (eds) ReeFish '95: Recruitment and Population Dynamics of Coral Reef Fishes. CRC Reef Research Centre, Townsville, Australia


Chesson, P. 1998. Consequences of post-settlement mortality at the community level: a theoretical perspective. Pp 164-169 in Jones, G.P., Doherty, P.J., Mapstone, B.D., Howlett, L. (eds) ReeFish '95: Recruitment and Population Dynamics of Coral Reef Fishes. CRC Reef Research Centre, Townsville, Australia


Chesson, P. 1998. Recruitment limitation: a theoretical perspective. Australian Journal of Ecology 23, 234-240.


Chesson, P. 1998. Spatial Scales in the Study of Reef fishes: a theoretical perspective. Australian Journal of Ecology 23, 209-215.


Roxburgh, S, Chesson, P. 1998. A new method for detecting species associations with spatially autocorrelated data. Ecology 79, 2180-2192.


Kerans, B., Chesson, P.L., Stein, R.A. 2000. Assessing density-dependent establishment and dispersal: an example using caddisfly larvae. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 57, 1190-1199.


Chesson, P. 2000. Mechanisms of maintenance of species diversity. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 31, 343-66.


Chesson, P. 2000. General theory of competitive coexistence in spatially varying environments. Theoretical Population Biology 58, 211-237.


Hood, G.M., Chesson, P., Pech, R.P. 2000. Biological control using sterilising viruses: Host suppression and competition between viruses in non-spatial models. Journal of Applied Ecology 37, 914-925.


Chesson, P. 2001. Metapopulations. Pp 161-176 in Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Vol 4, Simon A. Levin, ed, Academic Press.


Chesson, P., Pacala, S., Neuhauser, C. 2001. Environmental niches and ecosystem functioning. Pages 213-245 in "The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity", Ann Kinzig, Stephen Pacala, and David Tilman, eds, Princeton University Press.


Shea, K., Chesson, P. 2002. Community ecology theory as a framework for biological invasions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17, 170-176.


Chase, J. M., P. A. Abrams, J. P. Grover, S. Diehl, P. Chesson, R. D. Holt, S. A. Richards, R. M. Nisbet, and T. J. Case. 2002. The interaction between predation and competition: a review and synthesis. Ecology Letters 5:302-315.


Chesson, P. and Neuhauser, C. 2002. Intraspecific aggregation and species coexistence. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17, 210-211.


Peterson, A.G. and Chesson, P. 2002. Short term fitness benefits of physiological integration in the clonal herb Hydrocotyle peduncularis. Austral Ecology 27, 647-657.


Chesson, P., Peterson, A.G. 2002. The quantitative assessment of the benefits of physiological integration in clonal plants. Evolutionary Ecology Research 4, 1153–1176


Osenberg, C.W., C.M. St. Mary, R.J. Schmitt, S.J. Holbrook, P.Chesson, and B. Byrne. 2002. Rethinking ecological inference: Density dependence in reef fishes.Ecology Letters 5, 715–721.


Snyder, R.E. and Chesson, P. 2003. Local dispersal can facilitate coexistence in the presence of permanent spatial heterogeneity. Ecology Letters 6,301–309.

Dewi, S., Chesson, P. 2003. The age-structured lottery model. Theoretical Population Biology 64, 331–343.

Chesson, P. 2003. Quantifying and testing coexistence mechanisms arising from recruitment fluctuations. Theoretical Population Biology 64, 345–357.


Dewi, S, Chesson, P. 2004. Age-structured population growth rates in constant and variable environments: a near equilibrium approach. Theoretical Population Biology 65, 75-88.


Chesson, P., Gebauer, R. L. E., Schwinning, S., Huntly, N., Wiegand, K., Ernest, S. K. M., Sher, A., Novoplansky, A., and Weltzin, J.F. 2004. Resource pulses, species interactions and diversity maintenance in arid and semi-arid environments. Oecologia 141, 236 - 253.


Snyder, R.E., Chesson, P. 2004. How the spatial scales of dispersal, competition, and environmental heterogeneity interact to affect coexistence The American Naturalist 164, 633-650.


Chesson, P., and Lee, C.T. 2005. Families of discrete kernels for modeling dispersal. Theoretical Population Biology 67, 241-256.


Melbourne, B.A., Chesson, P. 2005. Scaling up population dynamics: integrating theory and data. Oecologia 145, 179-187


Davies, K.F., Chesson, P., Harrison, S., Inouye, B.D., Melbourne, B.A., Rice, K.J. 2005. Spatial heterogeneity explains the scale dependence of the native-exotic diversity relationship. Ecology 86, 1602-1610.


Chesson, P., Donahue, M., Melbourne, B., Sears, A. 2005. Scale transition theory for understanding mechanisms in metacommunities. In Holyoak, M, Leibold, M.A., Holt, R.D., eds, Metacommunities: spatial dynamics and ecological communities, pp 279-306


Melbourne, B. Sears, A., Donahue, M. and Chesson, P. 2005. Applying scale transition theory to metacommunities in the field. In Holyoak, M, Leibold, M.A., Holt, R.D., eds, Metacommunities: spatial dynamics and ecological communities, pp 307-330


Snyder, R.E., Borer, E.T. and Chesson, P. 2005. Examining the relative importance of spatial and nonspatial coexistence mechanisms. American Naturalist 166, E75-E94.


Facelli, J.M., Chesson, P., Barnes, N. 2005. Differences in seed biology of annual plants in arid lands: a key ingredient of the storage effect. Ecology 86, 2998-3006.


Melbourne, B.A., Chesson, P. 2006. The scale transition: scaling up population dynamics with field data. Ecology 87, 1478–1488.

Botkin,D. B., Saxe, H., Araújo,M. B., Betts,R., Bradshaw, R. H. W, Cedhagen, T., Chesson,P., Dawson, T. P., Etterson,J., Faith, D. P., Ferrier,S., Guisan,A., Hansen, A. S., Hilbert, D. W., Loehle,C., Margules,C., New, M., Sobel,M.J., and Stockwell D. R. B. 2007. Forecasting effects of global warming on biodiversity.  Bioscience 57, 227-236.

Chesson, P. and Rees, M. 2007. Commentary on clark et al . ( 2 0 0 7 ): Resolving the biodiversity paradox.  Ecology Letters 10, 659-661.


Sears, A.L.W., Chesson, P. 2007. New methods for quantifying the spatial storage effect: an illustration with desert annuals.  Ecology 88, 2240-2247

Chesson, P. 2008. Quantifying and testing species coexistence mechanisms. Pp 119 – 164 in Valladares, F., Camacho, A., Elosegui, A., Gracia, C., Estrada, M., Senar, J.C., & Gili, J.M., eds. “Unity in Diversity: Reflections on Ecology after the Legacy of Ramon Margalef.” Fundacion BBVA, Bilbao    

Kuang, J.J and Chesson, P. 2008. Predation-competition interactions for seasonally recruiting species.  The American Naturalist 171, E119–E133.

Facelli, J.M., Chesson, P. 2008. Cyclic dormancy, temperature and water availability control germination of Carrichtera annua. Austral Ecology 33, 324–328.

Chesson, P, and Kuang, J.J. 2008. The interaction between predation and competition. Nature 456, 235-238

Kuang, J.J. and Chesson, P. 2009. Coexistence of annual plants: generalist seed predation weakens the storage effect. Ecology, 90, 170-182

Miller, A. D., Chesson, P.  2009. Coexistence in disturbance prone  communities: how a resistance-resilience trade off generates coexistence via the storage effect.  The American Naturalist 173, E30–E43..       

Chesson, P. 2009. Scale transition theory with special reference to species coexistence in a variable environment. Journal of Theoretical Dynamics

Angert, Amy L., Travis E. Huxman, Peter Chesson, & D. Lawrence Venable 2009. Functional tradeoffs determine species coexistence via the storage effect. PNAS 28, 11641-11645

Emmerson, L., José M. Facelli, Peter Chesson and Hugh Possingham. 2010.  Secondary seed dispersal of Erodiophyllum elderi, a patchily distributed short-lived perennial in the arid lands of Australia.  Austral Ecology 35, 906–918.

Kuang, J.J and Chesson, P. 2010. Interacting coexistence mechanisms in annual plant communities: frequency-dependent predation and the storage effect. Theoretical Population Biology 77, 56-70.

Kang, Y., Chesson, P. 2010. Relative Nonlinearity and Permanence.  Theoretical Population Biology 78, 26-35.

Chesson, P., Kuang, J.J. 2010. The storage effect due to frequency-dependent predation in multispecies plant communities Theoretical Population Biology 78, 148-164.

Chesson, P. 2011. Ecological Niches and Diversity Maintenance.  Pp 43-60 in Research in Biodiversity - Models and Applications, Igor Ya. Pavlinov (Ed.)

Sheue, C.R., S.H. Pao, L.F. Chien, P. Chesson and C.I. Peng. 2012 Natural foliar variegation without costs? The case of Begonia. Annals of Botany. 109, 1065–1074

C. C. Tsai, Y. Y. Su, S. J. Li, Y. W. H. Yong, P. Saenger, P. Chesson, S. Das, G. Wightman, Y. P. Yang, H. Y. Liu and C. R. Sheue. 2012. Evidence of natural hybridization and gene introgression among Ceriops species (Rhizophoraceae) based on nuclear and plastid DNA. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 43, 178–191

Emmerson, L., J. M. Facelli, P. Chesson, H. Possingham, and J. R. Day. 2012. Changes in seed dispersal processes and the potential for between-patch connectivity for an arid land daisy.  Ecology 93, 544-553

Chesson, P. 2012. Scale transition theory: its aims motivations and predictions. Ecological Complexity. 10, 52–68

Chesson, P.  2012.Species competition and predation. In Robert A. Meyers (ed.) Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012, Volume 14 pp. 10061-10085.