Warming alters community size structure and ecosystem functioning.

  title={Warming alters community size structure and ecosystem functioning.},
  author={Matteo Dossena and Gabriel Yvon-Durocher and Jonathan Grey and Jos{\'e} M Montoya and Daniel M. Perkins and Mark Trimmer and Guy Woodward},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={279 1740},
Global warming can affect all levels of biological complexity, though we currently understand least about its potential impact on communities and ecosystems. At the ecosystem level, warming has the capacity to alter the structure of communities and the rates of key ecosystem processes they mediate. Here we assessed the effects of a 4°C rise in temperature on the size structure and taxonomic composition of benthic communities in aquatic mesocosms, and the rates of detrital decomposition they… CONTINUE READING