A functional approach reveals community responses to disturbances

Mouillot, David and Graham, Nicholas A. J. and Villeger, Sebastien and Mason, Norman W. H. and Bellwood, David R. (2013) A functional approach reveals community responses to disturbances. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 28 (3). pp. 167-177. ISSN 0169-5347

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Abstract

Understanding the processes shaping biological communities under multiple disturbances is a core challenge in ecology and conservation science. Traditionally, ecologists have explored linkages between the severity and type of disturbance and the taxonomic structure of communities. Recent advances in the application of species traits, to assess the functional structure of communities, have provided an alternative approach that responds rapidly and consistently across taxa and ecosystems to multiple disturbances. Importantly, trait-based metrics may provide advanced warning of disturbance to ecosystems because they do not need species loss to be reactive. Here, we synthesize empirical evidence and present a theoretical framework, based on species positions in a functional space, as a tool to reveal the complex nature of change in disturbed ecosystems.

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Journal Article
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Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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81028
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Deposited On:
17 Aug 2016 15:08
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Yes
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Published
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30 May 2020 04:31