Temporal variability in aboveground plant biomass decreases as spatial variability increases.

@article{McGranahan2016TemporalVI,
  title={Temporal variability in aboveground plant biomass decreases as spatial variability increases.},
  author={Devan Allen McGranahan and Torre J Hovick and Robert Dwayne Elmore and David M. Engle and Samuel D. Fuhlendorf and Stephen L. Winter and James R. Miller and Diane M. Debinski},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2016},
  volume={97 3},
  pages={555-60}
}
Ecological theory predicts that diversity decreases variability in ecosystem function. We predict that, at the landscape scale, spatial variability created by a mosaic of contrasting patches that differ in time since disturbance will decrease temporal variability in aboveground plant biomass. Using data from a multi-year study of seven grazed tallgrass prairie landscapes, each experimentally managed for one to eight patches, we show that increased spatial variability driven by spatially patchy… CONTINUE READING