Carbon storage in tropical forests correlates with taxonomic diversity and functional dominance on global scales

K.C. Cavanaugh, S. Gosnell, S.L. Davis, J. Ahumada, P. Boundja, D.B. Clark, B. Mugerwa, P.A. Jansen, T.G. O'Brien, F. Rovero, D. Sheil, R. Vasquez, S. Andelman

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Abstract

We examined (1) the relationships between aboveground tropical forest C storage, biodiversity and environmental drivers and (2) how these relationships inform theory concerning ecosystem function and biodiversity. Experiments have shown that there is a positive relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, but intense debate exists on the underlying mechanisms. While some argue that mechanisms such as niche complementarity increase ecosystem function, others argue that these relationships are a selection effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-573
JournalGlobal Ecology and Biogeography
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • ecosystem function
  • species richness
  • plant diversity
  • wood density
  • aboveground biomass
  • amazonian forest
  • spatial-patterns
  • multiple traits
  • productivity
  • biodiversity

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    Cavanaugh, K. C., Gosnell, S., Davis, S. L., Ahumada, J., Boundja, P., Clark, D. B., Mugerwa, B., Jansen, P. A., O'Brien, T. G., Rovero, F., Sheil, D., Vasquez, R., & Andelman, S. (2014). Carbon storage in tropical forests correlates with taxonomic diversity and functional dominance on global scales. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23(5), 563-573. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12143