Loss of functional diversity under land use intensification across multiple taxa

Flynn, Dan F. B., Gogol-Prokurat, Melanie, Nogeire, Theresa, Molinari, Nicole, Trautman Richers, Bárbara, Lin, Brenda B., Simpson, Nicholas, Mayfield, Margaret and DeClerck, Fabrice (2009) Loss of functional diversity under land use intensification across multiple taxa. Ecology Letters, 12 1: 22-33. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01255.x


Author Flynn, Dan F. B.
Gogol-Prokurat, Melanie
Nogeire, Theresa
Molinari, Nicole
Trautman Richers, Bárbara
Lin, Brenda B.
Simpson, Nicholas
Mayfield, Margaret
DeClerck, Fabrice
Title Loss of functional diversity under land use intensification across multiple taxa
Journal name Ecology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-023X
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01255.x
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 22
End page 33
Total pages 12
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Language eng
Subject C1
0501 Ecological Applications
05 Environmental Sciences
Abstract Land use intensification can greatly reduce species richness and ecosystem functioning. However, species richness determines ecosystem functioning through the diversity and values of traits of species present. Here, we analyze changes in species richness and functional diversity (FD) at varying agricultural land use intensity levels. We test hypotheses of FD responses to land use intensification in plant, bird, and mammal communities using trait data compiled for 1600+ species. To isolate changes in FD from changes in species richness we compare the FD of communities to the null expectations of FD values. In over one-quarter of the bird and mammal communities impacted by agriculture, declines in FD were steeper than predicted by species number. In plant communities, changes in FD were indistinguishable from changes in species richness. Land use intensification can reduce the functional diversity of animal communities beyond changes in species richness alone, potentially imperiling provisioning of ecosystem services.
Keyword land use
Functional Diversification
Functional Diversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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