Spatial Scaling of Functional Structure in Bird and Mammal Assemblages

  title={Spatial Scaling of Functional Structure in Bird and Mammal Assemblages},
  author={Jonathan Belmaker and Walter Jetz},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={464 - 478}
Differences in trait composition, or functional structure, of assemblages across spatial scales may stem from the ability to tolerate local conditions (environmental filters) and from assembly rules (biological filters). However, disentangling their respective roles has proven difficult, and limited generalities have emerged from research on the spatial scaling of functional structure. Here we quantify differences in trait composition among 679 spatially nested (i.e., paired regional pool and… 

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