This is a public repository containing all information, data and scripts relevant to the following article submitted in **eLIFE**: **Combining agent-based, trait-based and demographic approaches to model coral community dynamics** Bruno S. Carturan, Jean-Philippe Maréchal, Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Jason Pither, Lael Parrott The link to the final published article is here: [DOI: 10.7554/eLife.55993](https://elifesciences.org/articles/55993) **Abstract** The complexity of coral-reef ecosystems makes it challenging to predict their dynamics and resilience under future disturbance regimes. Models for coral-reef dynamics do not adequately accounts for the high functional diversity exhibited by corals. Models that are ecologically and mechanistically detailed are therefore required to simulate the ecological processes driving coral reef dynamics. Here we describe a novel model that includes processes at different spatial scales, and the contribution of species’ functional diversity to benthic-community dynamics. We calibrated and validated the model to reproduce observed dynamics using empirical data from Caribbean reefs. The model exhibits realistic community dynamics, and individual population dynamics are ecologically plausible. A global sensitivity analysis revealed that the number of larvae produced locally, and interaction-induced reductions in growth rate are the parameters with the largest influence on community dynamics. The model provides a platform for virtual experiments to explore diversity-functioning relationships in coral reefs.
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