Phylogenetic structure of angiosperm communities during tropical forest succession.

  title={Phylogenetic structure of angiosperm communities during tropical forest succession.},
  author={Susan G Letcher},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={277 1678},
The phylogenetic structure of ecological communities can shed light on assembly processes, but the focus of phylogenetic structure research thus far has been on mature ecosystems. Here, I present the first investigation of phylogenetic community structure during succession. In a replicated chronosequence of 30 sites in northeastern Costa Rica, I found strong phylogenetic overdispersion at multiple scales: species present at local sites were a non-random assemblage, more distantly related than… CONTINUE READING
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