Different species almost always coexist – whether it’s big animals on the plains, bugs in a jungle or yeasts in flower nectar – but how that works is complicated. Now, Professor Tad Fukami and members of his lab have teased apart competing theories of how species live together. The study, which could influence how scientists model the effects of climate change on organisms, was published on June 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Andrew Letten, a postdoctoral fellow in the Fukami Lab is senior author of the paper. Other co-authors are Manpreet Dhami, a former Stanford postdoctoral fellow, and graduate student Po-Ju Ke.