The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans

Madin, Joshua S., Anderson, Kristen D., Andreasen, Magnus Heide, Bridge, Tom C.L., Cairns, Stephen D., Connolly, Sean R., Darling, Emily S., Diaz, Marcela, Falster, Daniel S., Franklin, Erik C., Gates, Ruth D., Hoogenboom, Mia O., Huang, Danwei, Keith, Sally A., Kosnik, Matthew A., Kuo, Chao-Yang, Lough, Janice M., Lovelock, Catherine E., Luiz, Osmar, Martinelli, Julieta, Mizerek, Toni, Pandolfi, John M., Pochon, Xavier, Pratchett, Morgan S., Putnam, Hollie M., Roberts, T. Edward, Stat, Michael, Wallace, Carden C., Widman, Elizabeth and Baird, Andrew H. (2016) The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans. Scientific Data, 3 . doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.17


Author Madin, Joshua S.
Anderson, Kristen D.
Andreasen, Magnus Heide
Bridge, Tom C.L.
Cairns, Stephen D.
Connolly, Sean R.
Darling, Emily S.
Diaz, Marcela
Falster, Daniel S.
Franklin, Erik C.
Gates, Ruth D.
Hoogenboom, Mia O.
Huang, Danwei
Keith, Sally A.
Kosnik, Matthew A.
Kuo, Chao-Yang
Lough, Janice M.
Lovelock, Catherine E.
Luiz, Osmar
Martinelli, Julieta
Mizerek, Toni
Pandolfi, John M.
Pochon, Xavier
Pratchett, Morgan S.
Putnam, Hollie M.
Roberts, T. Edward
Stat, Michael
Wallace, Carden C.
Widman, Elizabeth
Baird, Andrew H.
Title The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans
Journal name Scientific Data   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2052-4463
Publication date 2016-03-29
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/sdata.2016.17
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Groups
Collection year 2017
Formatted abstract
Trait-based approaches advance ecological and evolutionary research because traits provide a strong link to an organism’s function and fitness. Trait-based research might lead to a deeper understanding of the functions of, and services provided by, ecosystems, thereby improving management, which is vital in the current era of rapid environmental change. Coral reef scientists have long collected trait data for corals; however, these are difficult to access and often under-utilized in addressing large-scale questions. We present the Coral Trait Database initiative that aims to bring together physiological, morphological, ecological, phylogenetic and biogeographic trait information into a single repository. The database houses species- and individual-level data from published field and experimental studies alongside contextual data that provide important framing for analyses. In this data descriptor, we release data for 56 traits for 1547 species, and present a collaborative platform on which other trait data are being actively federated. Our overall goal is for the Coral Trait Database to become an open-source, community-led data clearinghouse that accelerates coral reef research.
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