From bacteria to whales: using functional size spectra to model marine ecosystems

Blanchard, Julia L., Heneghan, Ryan F., Everett, Jason D. , Trebilco, Rowan and Richardson, Anthony J. (2017) From bacteria to whales: using functional size spectra to model marine ecosystems. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32 3: 174-186. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.12.003

Author Blanchard, Julia L.
Heneghan, Ryan F.
Everett, Jason D.
Trebilco, Rowan
Richardson, Anthony J.
Title From bacteria to whales: using functional size spectra to model marine ecosystems
Journal name Trends in Ecology & Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2017-01-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2016.12.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 174
End page 186
Total pages 13
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Size-based ecosystem modeling is emerging as a powerful way to assess ecosystem-level impacts of human- and environment-driven changes from individual-level processes. These models have evolved as mechanistic explanations for observed regular patterns of abundance across the marine size spectrum hypothesized to hold from bacteria to whales. Fifty years since the first size spectrum measurements, we ask how far have we come? Although recent modeling studies capture an impressive range of sizes, complexity, and real-world applications, ecosystem coverage is still only partial. We describe how this can be overcome by unifying functional traits with size spectra (which we call functional size spectra) and highlight the key knowledge gaps that need to be filled to model ecosystems from bacteria to whales. Size-based ecosystem models have proliferated in the past 10 years.They are a general and powerful approach to modeling ecosystem structure and function. Great progress has been made toward modeling ecosystems from bacteria to whales.Unifying models across scales and confronting models with data are now the key needs.
Keyword Allometry
Body size
Ecosystem dynamics
Ecosystem function
Size distribution
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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