Diversity of response and effect traits provides complementary information about avian community dynamics linked to ecological function

Lisbeth Hordley, Simon Gillings, Owen Petchey, Joseph Tobias, Thomas Oliver, Lisbeth A. Hordley, Owen L. Petchey, Joseph A. Tobias & Thomas H. Oliver
Functional diversity metrics based on species traits are widely used to investigate ecosystem functioning. In theory, such metrics have different implications depending on whether they are calculated from traits mediating responses to environmental change (response traits) or those regulating function (effect traits), yet trait choice in diversity metrics is rarely scrutinized. Here, we compile effect and response traits for British bird species supplying two key ecological services – seed dispersal and insect predation – to...
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