Linking the structure and dynamics of populations with ecosystem function

Steven E. McMurray, Joseph R. Pawlik, and Christopher M. Finelli It is often assumed that the functional roles of species within a community are fixed; however, these roles are often dynamic and influenced by the structure and dynamics of populations, including the abundance and size of organisms. Given recent and predicted changes in the populations…

Predicting peatland carbon fluxes from non-destructive plant traits

Ellie M. Goud, Tim R. Moore and Nigel T. Roulet Plant functional traits, including morphological, physiological, and phenological characteristics, can influence the ratio between carbon (C) gains and losses by ecosystems, through effects on photosynthesis, respiration and litter decomposition rates. There is growing evidence that rates of C gas (carbon dioxide and methane) exchange (fluxes)…