Body size as a predictor of species loss effect on ecosystem functioning

@inproceedings{Sguin2014BodySA,
  title={Body size as a predictor of species loss effect on ecosystem functioning},
  author={Annie S{\'e}guin and {\'E}ric Harvey and Philippe Archambault and Christian Nozais and Dominique Gravel},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2014}
}
There is an urgent need to develop predictive indicators of the effect of species loss on ecosystem functioning. Body size is often considered as a good indicator because of its relationship to extinction risk and several functional traits. Here, we examined the predictive capacity of species body size in marine and freshwater multitrophic systems. We found a significant, but weak, effect of body size on functioning. The effect was much stronger when considering the effect of body size within… CONTINUE READING