A global database for metacommunity ecology, integrating species, traits, environment and space

Jeliazkov, Alienor, Mijatovic, Darko, Chantepie, Stéphane, Andrew, Nigel, Arlettaz, Raphaël, Barbaro, Luc, Barsoum, Nadia, Bartonova, Alena, Belskaya, Elena, Bonada, Núria, Brind’Amour, Anik, Carvalho, Rodrigo, Castro, Helena, Chmura, Damian, Choler, Philippe, Chong-Seng, Karen, Cleary, Daniel, Cormont, Anouk, Cornwell, William, de Campos, Ramiro, de Voogd, Nicole, Doledec, Sylvain, Drew, Joshua, Dziock, Frank, Eallonardo, Anthony, Edgar, Melanie J., Farneda, Fábio, Hernandez, Domingo Flores, Frenette-Dussault, Cédric, Fried, Guillaume, Gallardo, Belinda, Gibb, Heloise, Gonçalves-Souza, Thiago, Higuti, Janet, Humbert, Jean-yves, Krasnov, Boris R., Saux, Eric Le, Lindo, Zoe, Lopez-Baucells, Adria, Lowe, Elizabeth, Marteinsdottir, Bryndis, Martens, Koen, Meffert, Peter, Mellado-Díaz, Andres, Menz, Myles H. M., Meyer, Christopher F. J., Miranda, Julia Ramos, Mouillot, David, Ossola, Alessandro, Pakeman, Robin, Pavoine, Sandrine, Pekin, Burak, Pino, Joan, Pocheville, Arnaud, Pomati, Francesco, Poschlod, Peter, Prentice, Honor C., Purschke, Oliver, Raevel, Valerie, Reitalu, Triin, Renema, Willem, Ribera, Ignacio, Robinson, Natalie, Robroek, Bjorn, Rocha, Ricardo, Shieh, Sen-Her, Spake, Rebecca, Staniaszek-Kik, Monika, Stanko, Michal, Tejerina-Garro, Francisco Leonardo, Braak, Cajo ter, Urban, Mark C., Klink, Roel van, Villeger, Sebastien, Wegman, Ruut, Westgate, Martin J., Wolff, Jonas, Żarnowiec, Jan, Zolotarev, Maxim, and Chase, Jonathan M. (2020) A global database for metacommunity ecology, integrating species, traits, environment and space. Scientific Data, 7. 6.

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Abstract

The use of functional information in the form of species traits plays an important role in explaining biodiversity patterns and responses to environmental changes. Although relationships between species composition, their traits, and the environment have been extensively studied on a case-by-case basis, results are variable, and it remains unclear how generalizable these relationships are across ecosystems, taxa and spatial scales. To address this gap, we collated 80 datasets from trait-based studies into a global database for metaCommunity Ecology: Species, Traits, Environment and Space; “CESTES”. Each dataset includes four matrices: species community abundances or presences/absences across multiple sites, species trait information, environmental variables and spatial coordinates of the sampling sites. The CESTES database is a live database: it will be maintained and expanded in the future as new datasets become available. By its harmonized structure, and the diversity of ecosystem types, taxonomic groups, and spatial scales it covers, the CESTES database provides an important opportunity for synthetic trait-based research in community ecology.

Item ID: 75500
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2052-4463
Keywords: Animals; Biodiversity; Biota; Ecology; Plants
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Research Data: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.4459637
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2022 00:27
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310302 Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity @ 35%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 35%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1803 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management > 180303 Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity @ 30%
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