E2.3 | THE RELATIVE EFFECTS OF ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC PARAMETERS ON PLANT SPECIES PERFORMANCE AND THEIR INCLUSION IN SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MODELS
Species have responded to past global changes by shifting their ranges. Ecologists use statistical models, often called niche models, to predict these range shifts. In the process of constructing niche models it is assumed that species distributions can be explained by abiotic (climatic and edaphic) factors alone. That is, the role of biotic processes is ignored. Current practice therefore ignores an important suite of factors that potentially influence species performance and distribution. It could, therefore, be argued that forecasts of future species ranges and associated assessments of future biodiversity distributions are fundamentally flawed.
Christina Grün, Ph.D. student
Knapp, S., Kühn, I., Bakker, J., Kleyer, M., Klotz, S., Ozinga, W., Poschlod, P., Thompson, K., Thuiller, W. & C., Römermann (2009) : Landsman or urbanite - how species traits and affinity to urban land-use control plant species frequency. - Diversity and Distributions 15, 533-546.
Öster, M., Ask, K., Römermann, C., Tackenberg, O. & O. Eriksson (2009) : Plant colonization of ex-arable fields from adjacent species-rich grasslands: The importance of dispersal vs. recruitment ability. - Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 130: 93–99.
Ozinga, W.A., Römermann, C., Bekker, R.M., Prinzing, A., Tamis, W.L.M., Schaminée, J.H.J., Hennekens, S.M., Thompson, K., Poschlod, P., M. Kleyer, M., Bakker, J.P. & J.M. van Groenendael (2009) : Dispersal failure contributes to plant losses in NW Europe. - Ecology Letters 12: 66-74.
Römermann, C., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Kleyer, M. & P. Poschlod (2009) : Substitutes for grazing in semi-natural grasslands- represent mowing or mulching valuable alternatives to maintain vegetation dynamics? - Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 1086-1098.
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