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The distribution and role of functional abundance in cross-scale resilience


Sundstrom, SM and Angeler, DG and Barichievy, C and Eason, T and Garmestani, A and Gunderson, L and Knutson, M and Nash, KL and Spanbauer, T and Stow, C and Allen, CR, The distribution and role of functional abundance in cross-scale resilience, Ecology, 99, (11) pp. 2421-2432. ISSN 0012-9658 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 the Ecological Society of America

DOI: doi:10.1002/ecy.2508


The cross‐scale resilience model suggests that system‐level ecological resilience emerges from the distribution of speciesí functions within and across the spatial and temporal scales of a system. It has provided a quantitative method for calculating the resilience of a given system and so has been a valuable contribution to a largely qualitative field. As it is currently laid out, the model accounts for the spatial and temporal scales at which environmental resources and species are present and the functional roles species play but does not inform us about how much resource is present or how much function is provided. In short, it does not account for abundance in the distribution of species and their functional roles within and across the scales of a system. We detail the ways in which we would expect speciesí abundance to be relevant to the cross‐scale resilience model based on the extensive abundance literature in ecology. We also put forward a series of testable hypotheses that would improve our ability to anticipate and quantify how resilience is generated, and how ecosystems will (or will not) buffer recent rapid global changes. This stream of research may provide an improved foundation for the quantitative evaluation of ecological resilience.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:abundance, community ecology, cross-scale resilience, functional diversity, macroecology, resilience, scales
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Ecosystem function
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Nash, KL (Dr Kirsty Nash)
ID Code:129674
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-12-12
Last Modified:2019-07-31

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