A trait-based approach to ocean ecology

@article{Kirboe2018ATA,
  title={A trait-based approach to ocean ecology},
  author={Thomas Ki{\o}rboe and Andre Visser and Ken Haste Andersen},
  journal={ICES Journal of Marine Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={75},
  pages={1849–1863}
}
Trait-based ecology merges evolutionary with classical population and community ecology and is a rapidly developing branch of ecology. It describes ecosystems as consisting of individuals rather than species, and characterizes individuals by few key traits that are interrelated through trade-offs. The fundamental rationale is that the spatio-temporal distribution of organisms and their functional role in ecosystems depend on their traits rather than on their taxonomical affiliation. The… CONTINUE READING
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