Why species tell more about traits than traits about species: predictive analysis.

@article{Clark2016WhyST,
  title={Why species tell more about traits than traits about species: predictive analysis.},
  author={James S. Clark},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2016},
  volume={97 8},
  pages={
          1979-1993
        }
}
Trait analysis aims to understand relationships between traits, species diversity, and the environment. Current methods could benefit from a model-based probabilistic framework that accommodates covariance between traits and quantifies contributions from inherent trait syndromes, species interactions, and responses to the environment. I develop a model-based approach that separates these effects on trait diversity. Application to USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data in the eastern… CONTINUE READING

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