Deterministic tropical tree community turnover: evidence from patterns of functional beta diversity along an elevational gradient.

@article{Swenson2011DeterministicTT,
  title={Deterministic tropical tree community turnover: evidence from patterns of functional beta diversity along an elevational gradient.},
  author={Nathan G Swenson and Pedro Anglada-Cordero and John A. Barone},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={278 1707},
  pages={877-84}
}
Explaining the mechanisms that produce the enormous diversity within and between tropical tree communities is a pressing challenge for plant community ecologists. Mechanistic hypotheses range from niche-based deterministic to dispersal-based stochastic models. Strong tests of these hypotheses require detailed information regarding the functional strategies of species. A few tropical studies to date have examined trait dispersion within individual forest plots using species trait means in order… CONTINUE READING
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