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Rooting depth and xylem vulnerability are independent woody plant traits jointly selected by aridity, seasonality, and water table depth (2023)
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Evolutionary radiations of woody taxa within arid environments were made possible by multiple trait innovations including deep roots and embolism-resistant xylem, but little is known about how these traits have coevolved across the phylogeny of woody... Read More about Rooting depth and xylem vulnerability are independent woody plant traits jointly selected by aridity, seasonality, and water table depth.

Effects of climate change on the distribution of plant species and plant functional strategies on the Canary Islands (2023)
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Aim: Oceanic islands possess unique floras with high proportions of endemic species. Island floras are expected to be severely affected by changing climatic conditions as species on islands have limited distribution ranges and small population sizes... Read More about Effects of climate change on the distribution of plant species and plant functional strategies on the Canary Islands.

Effect of Canal Bank Engineering Disturbance on Plant Communities: Analysis of Taxonomic and Functional Beta Diversity (2023)
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We aimed to determine how patterns of functional and taxonomic dissimilarities and their components differ between disturbed and undisturbed plant communities. Taxonomic (species) and functional (trait) diversity are key aspects of biodiversity, and... Read More about Effect of Canal Bank Engineering Disturbance on Plant Communities: Analysis of Taxonomic and Functional Beta Diversity.

Geodiversity and biodiversity on a volcanic island: The role of scattered phonolites for plant diversity and performance (2022)
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Oceanic islands are cradles of endemism, contributing substantially to global biodiversity. A similarity in magmatic origin translates into high global comparability of substrates of volcanic islands on the oceanic crust with, however, slightly chemi... Read More about Geodiversity and biodiversity on a volcanic island: The role of scattered phonolites for plant diversity and performance.

High species turnover and low intraspecific trait variation in endemic and non-endemic plant species assemblages on an oceanic island (2022)
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Questions: Both species turnover and intraspecific trait variation can affect plant assemblage dynamics along environmental gradients. Here, we asked how community assemblage patterns in relation to species turnover and intraspecific variation differ... Read More about High species turnover and low intraspecific trait variation in endemic and non-endemic plant species assemblages on an oceanic island.

Impacts of Forest Fire on Understory Species Diversity in Canary Pine Ecosystems on the Island of La Palma (2021)
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Forest fires are drivers of spatial patterns and temporal dynamics of vegetation and biodiversity. On the Canary Islands, large areas of pine forest exist, dominated by the endemic Canary Island pine, Pinus canariensis C. Sm. These mostly natural for... Read More about Impacts of Forest Fire on Understory Species Diversity in Canary Pine Ecosystems on the Island of La Palma.

Scientific floras can be reliable sources for some trait data in a system with poor coverage in global trait databases (2021)
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Aim: Trait?based approaches are increasingly important in ecology and biogeography, but progress is often hampered by the availability of high?quality quantitative trait data collected in the field. Alternative sources of trait information include... Read More about Scientific floras can be reliable sources for some trait data in a system with poor coverage in global trait databases.

Different sets of traits explain abundance and distribution patterns of European plants at different spatial scales (2021)
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Aim: Plant functional traits summarize the main variability in plant form and function across taxa and biomes. We assess whether geographic range size, climatic niche size, and local abundance of plants can be predicted by sets of traits (trait syndr... Read More about Different sets of traits explain abundance and distribution patterns of European plants at different spatial scales.

Co-occurrence frequency in vegetation patches decreases towards the harsh edge along an arid volcanic elevational gradient (2021)
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Positive plant-plant interactions are thought to drive vegetation patterns in harsh environments, such as semi-arid areas. According to the stress-gradient hypothesis (SGH), the role of positive interactions between species (facilitation) is expected... Read More about Co-occurrence frequency in vegetation patches decreases towards the harsh edge along an arid volcanic elevational gradient.

Assessing the potential replacement of laurel forest by a novel ecosystem in the steep terrain of an Oceanic Island (2020)
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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. T. Biological invasions are a major global threat to biodiversity and often affect ecosystem services negatively. They are particularly problematic on oceanic islands where there are many narr... Read More about Assessing the potential replacement of laurel forest by a novel ecosystem in the steep terrain of an Oceanic Island.

Snapshot isolation and isolation history challenge the analogy between mountains and islands used to understand endemism (2020)
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© 2020 The Authors. Global Ecology and Biogeography published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd Aim: Mountains and islands are both well known for their high endemism. To explain this similarity, parallels have been drawn between the insularity of “true isl... Read More about Snapshot isolation and isolation history challenge the analogy between mountains and islands used to understand endemism.

A view from above: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide a new tool for assessing liana infestation in tropical forest canopies (2019)
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1. Tropical forests store and sequester large quantities of carbon, mitigating climate change. Lianas (woody vines) are important tropical forest components, most conspicuous in the canopy. Lianas reduce forest carbon uptake and their recent incre... Read More about A view from above: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide a new tool for assessing liana infestation in tropical forest canopies.

A novel dendroecological method finds a non-linear relationship between elevation and seasonal growth continuity on an island with trade wind-influenced water availability (2018)
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Climatic seasonality drives ecosystem processes (e.g. productivity) and influences plant species distribution. However, it is poorly understood how different aspects of seasonality (esp. regarding temperature and precipitation) affect growth continui... Read More about A novel dendroecological method finds a non-linear relationship between elevation and seasonal growth continuity on an island with trade wind-influenced water availability.

No empirical evidence to support the hypothesis that daily climate variation has an effect on species’ elevational range size: Reply to Chan et al. (2018)
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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Following our critique, Chan etal. defend the approach used in their original paper. They reveal their “iterative strategy of SEM” (structural equationmodelling), which they claim is “standard” (we show otherwise) and “... Read More about No empirical evidence to support the hypothesis that daily climate variation has an effect on species’ elevational range size: Reply to Chan et al..

Demanding the impossible: a strike zine (2018)
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A co-authored and co-curated series of reflections on the 2018 UCU strikes in British Universities, protesting against proposed pension reforms.

Spatial relationship between biodiversity and geodiversity across a gradient of land-use intensity in high-latitude landscapes (2017)
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Context: ‘Conserving Nature’s stage’ has been advanced as an important conservation principle because of known links between biodiversity and abiotic environmental diversity, especially in sensitive high-latitude environments and at the landscape sca... Read More about Spatial relationship between biodiversity and geodiversity across a gradient of land-use intensity in high-latitude landscapes.

Modelling native and alien vascular plant species richness: at which scales is geodiversity most relevant? (2017)
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Aim: To explore the scale-dependency of relationships between novel geodiversity measures and 26 both native and alien vascular plant species richness. Location: Great Britain Time period: Data collected 1995-2015 Major taxa: Vascular plants Meth... Read More about Modelling native and alien vascular plant species richness: at which scales is geodiversity most relevant?.

Using citizen science data for conservation planning: methods for quality control and downscaling for use in stochastic patch occupancy modelling (2015)
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The Incidence Function Model (IFM) has been put forward as a tool for assessing conservation plans. A key benefit of the IFM is low data requirements: widely available species occurrence data and information about land cover. Citizen science is a pro... Read More about Using citizen science data for conservation planning: methods for quality control and downscaling for use in stochastic patch occupancy modelling.

Community phylogenetics at the biogeographical scale: cold tolerance, niche conservatism and the structure of North American forests (2014)
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Aim The fossil record has led to a historical explanation for forest diversity gradients within the cool parts of the Northern Hemisphere, founded on a limited ability of woody angiosperm clades to adapt to mid-Tertiary cooling. We tested four pre... Read More about Community phylogenetics at the biogeographical scale: cold tolerance, niche conservatism and the structure of North American forests.