Linking community size structure and ecosystem functioning using metabolic theory.

  title={Linking community size structure and ecosystem functioning using metabolic theory.},
  author={Gabriel Yvon-Durocher and Andrew P. Allen},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={367 1605},
Understanding how biogeochemical cycles relate to the structure of ecological communities is a central research question in ecology. Here we approach this problem by focusing on body size, which is an easily measured species trait that has a pervasive influence on multiple aspects of community structure and ecosystem functioning. We test the predictions of a model derived from metabolic theory using data on ecosystem metabolism and community size structure. These data were collected as part of… CONTINUE READING

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