Moving beyond the one true trait

Streit, Robert P., and Bellwood, David R. (2023) Moving beyond the one true trait. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 38 (11). pp. 1014-1015.

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[Extract] Traits offer a new, quantifiable view of ecology. Yet consensus over their links with ecosystem functions remains elusive. We suggested one possible path out of the current utility crisis of trait-based ecology. Carmona agrees with our goals but questions our approach. We wholeheartedly welcome disagreement and criticism of our work; trait ecology can only benefit from stimulating debate. We respond here since some of the critiques raised illustrate our original uneasiness with trends in the discipline. Essentially, we are concerned about an apparent rigid devotion to complexity, both analytically and conceptually.

Item ID: 80826
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Keywords: ecosystem function, functional trait, multifunctionality, resilience, trait ecology
Copyright Information: © 2023 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2023 22:39
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 5%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310399 Ecology not elsewhere classified @ 20%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 75%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 50%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity @ 50%
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