Identifying areas of need in tropical research: a reply to Stroud and Feeley

Clarke, David A., York, Paul H., Rasheed, Michael A., and Northfield, Tobin D. (2017) Identifying areas of need in tropical research: a reply to Stroud and Feeley. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32 (9). p. 628.

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Abstract

[Extract] We appreciate the comments from Stroud and Feeley [1], and are pleased that our article on the lack of tropical studies on biodiversity-ecosystem function [2] has stimulated discussion on the topic. We agree that biodiversity-ecosystem function research is not the only area of ecology where tropical ecosystems have been understudied. Indeed, this has been an issue of notable importance for some time, and there have been calls for increased tropical research since the 1960s [3]. More recently there have been calls for more focus on the tropics on issues such as the impact of climate change on tropical forests and their role in climate change mitigation [4], taxonomic identification [5], and the importance of tropical forest research for conservation [6].

Item ID: 49961
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: biodiversity; ecosystem function; tropics
ISSN: 1872-8383
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2017 23:17
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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