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Do structural and functional attributes show concordant responses to disturbance? Evidence from rocky shore macroinvertebrate communities

Do structural and functional attributes show concordant responses to disturbance? Evidence from rocky shore macroinvertebrate communities
Do structural and functional attributes show concordant responses to disturbance? Evidence from rocky shore macroinvertebrate communities
The utility and concordance of application of taxonomic-based (diversity, richness and composition) and functional-based (biological traits analysis and functional diversity indices) metrics to distinguish anthropogenic disturbance or stress gradients (e.g., nutrient enrichment) on intertidal rocky shores were explored using macroinvertebrate communities. Metrics from both approaches showed similar trends in the variation of communities along the gradients, in which higher ecological health was found in less disturbed sites (farthest from the disturbance source), with the converse at more stressful sites (close to the disturbance source). The functional-based approach, using biological traits analysis and functional diversity indices, showed potential to be included in monitoring programmes at rocky shores alongside taxonomic-based metrics.
1470-160X
57-72
Vinagre, Pedro Almeida
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Veríssimo, Helena
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Pais-costa, Antónia Juliana
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Hawkins, Stephen John
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Borja, Ángel
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Vinagre, Pedro Almeida, Veríssimo, Helena, Pais-costa, Antónia Juliana, Hawkins, Stephen John, Borja, Ángel, Marques, João Carlos and Neto, João Magalhães (2017) Do structural and functional attributes show concordant responses to disturbance? Evidence from rocky shore macroinvertebrate communities. Ecological Indicators, 75, 57-72. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.023).

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Abstract

The utility and concordance of application of taxonomic-based (diversity, richness and composition) and functional-based (biological traits analysis and functional diversity indices) metrics to distinguish anthropogenic disturbance or stress gradients (e.g., nutrient enrichment) on intertidal rocky shores were explored using macroinvertebrate communities. Metrics from both approaches showed similar trends in the variation of communities along the gradients, in which higher ecological health was found in less disturbed sites (farthest from the disturbance source), with the converse at more stressful sites (close to the disturbance source). The functional-based approach, using biological traits analysis and functional diversity indices, showed potential to be included in monitoring programmes at rocky shores alongside taxonomic-based metrics.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 December 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 December 2016
Published date: 1 April 2017
Organisations: Ocean and Earth Science, Marine Biology & Ecology

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Local EPrints ID: 407974
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/407974
ISSN: 1470-160X
PURE UUID: 2333cdbe-a476-4829-b936-111d52ed5896

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Date deposited: 06 May 2017 01:01
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 09:58

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Author: Pedro Almeida Vinagre
Author: Helena Veríssimo
Author: Antónia Juliana Pais-costa
Author: Ángel Borja
Author: João Carlos Marques
Author: João Magalhães Neto

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