Disturbance effects on plant community diversity: spatial scales and dominance hierarchies

  title={Disturbance effects on plant community diversity: spatial scales and dominance hierarchies},
  author={Enrique J. Chaneton and Jos{\'e} Maria Facelli},
It is proposed that evaluations of disturbance effects upon community diversity will be influenced by two factors currently overlooked in models addressing disturbance-diversity relationships: (1) the spatial scale of inquiry, and (2) the level of the species abundance (dominance) hierarchy at which the search for diversity is done. We analyzed how two disturbance types—cattle grazing and large flooding—affected community diversity at two spatial scales (stand and patch) and three levels of… CONTINUE READING
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