Data from: Dispersal mode mediates the effect of patch size and patch connectivity on metacommunity diversity

Natalie T. Jones, Rachel M. Germain, Tess N. Grainger, Aaron Hall, Lyn Baldwin, Benjamin Gilbert & Aaron M. Hall
1. Metacommunity theory predicts that increasing patch size and patch connectivity can alter local species diversity by affecting either colonization rates, extinction rates or both. Although species’ dispersal abilities or ‘dispersal mode’ (e.g. gravity-, wind- or animal-dispersed seeds) can mediate the effects of patch size and connectivity on diversity, these important factors are frequently overlooked in empirical metacommunity work. 2. We use a natural metacommunity of aspen stands within a grassland matrix to determine whether...
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