Do structural and functional attributes show concordant responses to disturbance? Evidence from rocky shore macroinvertebrate communities

Vinagre, PA; Veríssimo, H; Pais-Costa, AJ; Hawkins, SJ; Borja, A; Marques, JC; Neto, JM. 2016 Do structural and functional attributes show concordant responses to disturbance? Evidence from rocky shore macroinvertebrate communities. Ecological Indicators, 75. 57-72. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.023

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.023

Abstract/Summary

The utility and concordance of application of taxonomic-based (diversity, richness and composition) and functional-based (biological traits analysis and functional diversity indices) metrics to distinguish anthropogenic disturbance or stress gradients (e.g., nutrient enrichment) on intertidal rocky shores were explored using macroinvertebrate communities. Metrics from both approaches showed similar trends in the variation of communities along the gradients, in which higher ecological health was found in less disturbed sites (farthest from the disturbance source), with the converse at more stressful sites (close to the disturbance source). The functional-based approach, using biological traits analysis and functional diversity indices, showed potential to be included in monitoring programmes at rocky shores alongside taxonomic-based metrics.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change
Depositing User: Barbara Bultmann
Date made live: 02 Feb 2018 12:49
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 12:49
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/7805

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