Mangrove biodiversity and ecosystem function

Christopher B. Field, Julie G. Osborn, Laura López-Hoffman, Johanna F. Polsenberg, David D. Ackerly, Joseph A. Berry, Olle Björkman, Alex Held, Pamela A. Matson, Harold A. Mooney

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Abstract

Direct, manipulative experiments can yield important insights into the role of biodiversity in ecosystem function, but they are intrinsically limited when it comes to aspects of this relationship that emerge over long temporal and large spatial scales. Natural experiments with model systems can be a powerful complement to direct, manipulative experiments, especially where the processes that regulate biodiversity have no more than modest direct impacts on ecosystem function. Mangrove ecosystems on continental land masses and isolated islands offer unusual potential as natural experiments for biodiversity and ecosystem function studies, largely because sites with similar physical environments can have clear contrasts in the diversity of the dominant autotrophs. These contrasts provide a starting point for exploring the role of species diversity of higher plants in modulating biogeochemical functions (e.g. production, nutrient cycling), ecological functions (e.g. habitat for organisms in different tropic levels), and anthropogenic functions (e.g. maintenance of fisheries, management of sediments), on a range of time scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalGlobal Ecology and Biogeography Letters
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Biodiversity
ecosystem function
mangrove
Ecosystem
biodiversity
ecosystems
experiment
production functions
ecological function
autotrophs
nutrient cycling
fishery management
Fisheries
fisheries management
biogeochemical cycles
species diversity
tropics
complement
Islands
timescale

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Field, C. B., Osborn, J. G., López-Hoffman, L., Polsenberg, J. F., Ackerly, D. D., Berry, J. A., ... Mooney, H. A. (1998). Mangrove biodiversity and ecosystem function. Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters, 7(1), 3-14.

Mangrove biodiversity and ecosystem function. / Field, Christopher B.; Osborn, Julie G.; López-Hoffman, Laura; Polsenberg, Johanna F.; Ackerly, David D.; Berry, Joseph A.; Björkman, Olle; Held, Alex; Matson, Pamela A.; Mooney, Harold A.

In: Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.1998, p. 3-14.

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Field, CB, Osborn, JG, López-Hoffman, L, Polsenberg, JF, Ackerly, DD, Berry, JA, Björkman, O, Held, A, Matson, PA & Mooney, HA 1998, 'Mangrove biodiversity and ecosystem function', Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 3-14.
Field CB, Osborn JG, López-Hoffman L, Polsenberg JF, Ackerly DD, Berry JA et al. Mangrove biodiversity and ecosystem function. Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters. 1998 Jan;7(1):3-14.
Field, Christopher B. ; Osborn, Julie G. ; López-Hoffman, Laura ; Polsenberg, Johanna F. ; Ackerly, David D. ; Berry, Joseph A. ; Björkman, Olle ; Held, Alex ; Matson, Pamela A. ; Mooney, Harold A. / Mangrove biodiversity and ecosystem function. In: Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters. 1998 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 3-14.
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