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Do studies neglect tropical ecosystems?

In a new paper published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, CTBCC's Tobin Northfield, along with first author David Clarke from TESS, and Paul York and Michael Rasheed from TropWATER, asks whether biodiversity-ecosystem function literature neglects tropical ecosystems.

The authors develop two hypotheses for the implications of generalizing results from temperate studies into tropical ecosystems, and discuss the need for more tropical studies.

They find that existing theory developed from temperate systems may not apply to the tropics, and conclude that there is a crucial need to increase investment and focus on BEF research in tropical systems, as these regions contain high levels of biodiversit facing rapid declines due to human disturbances.

Access the full paper here.