Novelty trumps loss in global biodiversity

Pandolfi, John M. and Lovelock, Catherine E. (2014) Novelty trumps loss in global biodiversity. Science, 344 6181: 266-267. doi:10.1126/science.1252963


Author Pandolfi, John M.
Lovelock, Catherine E.
Title Novelty trumps loss in global biodiversity
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-8075
1095-9203
Publication date 2014-04-18
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1126/science.1252963
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 344
Issue 6181
Start page 266
End page 267
Total pages 2
Place of publication Washington, United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Abstract The ongoing decline of ecosystems around the world is often described in terms of biodiversity loss. But exactly how much of this decline is the result of species loss in local communities (α diversity), and how much is due to shifts in species composition of these communities? On page 296 of this issue, Dornelas et al. (1) address this issue with a comprehensive analysis of changes in plant, mammal, bird, fish, and invertebrate diversity in a wide range of biomes. Contrary to expectation, loss of α diversity, though widespread, is not a systematic trend in ecological communities. Rather, communities appear to be undergoing massive turnover in the species that constitute them (β diversity), resulting in the global emergence of communities with novel species configurations.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under "Perspective".

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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