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Vernham, G., Bailey, J. J., Chase, J. M., Hjort, J., Field, R., & Schrodt, F. (2023). Understanding trait diversity: The role of geodiversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 38(8), 736–748.

Understanding trait diversity : the role of geodiversity

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Author: Vernham, Grant1; Bailey, Joseph J.2; Chase, Jonathan M.3,4;
Organizations: 1University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
2School of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT, UK
3German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
4Institute of Computer Science, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany
5Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2023
Publish Date: 2024-07-11


Geodiversity — the abiotic heterogeneity of Earth’s (sub)surface — is gaining recognition for its ecological links to biodiversity. However, theoretical and conceptual knowledge of geodiversity–trait diversity relationships is currently lacking and can improve understanding of abiotic drivers of community assembly. Here we synthesise the state of knowledge of these relationships. We find that some components of geodiversity (e.g., topographic heterogeneity) elicit strong trait responses, whereas other components (e.g., substrate heterogeneity) have marginal effects in driving trait distributions. However, current knowledge is lacking in key aspects, including geodiversity’s effect on trait-specific diversity and intraspecific variation. We call for the explicit inclusion of geodiversity when relating environmental drivers to trait diversity, taking advantage of the increasing availability of trait and geodiversity data.

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Series: Trends in ecology & evolution
ISSN: 0169-5347
ISSN-E: 1872-8383
ISSN-L: 0169-5347
Volume: 38
Issue: 8
Pages: 736 - 748
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2023.02.010
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 1171 Geosciences
1172 Environmental sciences
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