Plants on small islands: using taxonomic and functional diversity to unravel community assembly processes and the small-island effect

Julian Schrader*

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    4 Citations (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    Islands are ideal research models to study ecological processes, as they vary in size, ecological conditions, and have clearly defined boundaries. Despite great advances in island research, comprehensive understanding of numerous aspects in island ecology is still lacking. Open questions include the effects of spatial scale on island biodiversity, community assembly processes, and the diversity of species forms and functions on islands. Here, I review recent studies investigating species assembly processes and resulting diversity patterns on small islands at local and global scales. I discuss how small-island communites are shaped by environmental, population-level, and species-level processes that differ in strength with island area. Functional trait-based approaches beter explained these patterns than measures of species richness on small islands. Detailed ecological understanding of community assembly processes on islands is of paramount importance to conserve biodiversity in an increasingly fragmented natural world.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalFrontiers of Biogeography
    Volume12
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Bibliographical note

    Copyright the Author(s) 2020. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

    Keywords

    • Community assembly
    • Functional diversity
    • Functional island biogeography
    • Functional traits
    • island ecology
    • small-island effect
    • species-area relationship

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Plants on small islands: using taxonomic and functional diversity to unravel community assembly processes and the small-island effect'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this