Maximising Synergy among Tropical Plant Systematists, Ecologists, and Evolutionary Biologists
de Lima, HC
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Elsevier (Cell Press)
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Closer collaboration among ecologists, systematists, and evolutionary biologists working in tropical forests, centred on studies within long-term permanent plots, would be highly beneficial for their respective fields. With a key unifying theme of the importance of vouchered collection and precise identification of species, especially rare ones, we identify four priority areas where improving links between these communities could achieve significant progress in biodiversity and conservation science: (i) increasing the pace of species discovery; (ii) documenting species turnover across space and time; (iii) improving models of ecosystem change; and (iv) understanding the evolutionary assembly of communities and biomes.
The authors thank the many funders who have supported botanical work within long-term plot networks in tropical forests and in particular acknowledge NERC grant NE/I028122/1 (Niche Evolution of South America Trees), which encouraged the collaboration of systematists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists and funded the development of the online image library at ForestPlots.net. They also thank Alejandro Araujo Murakami, Luzmilla Arroyo, Fernando Cornejo, Bia Marimon, Percy Nuñez Vargas, Marcos Silveira, Wendeson Castro, and Vincent Vos, whose botanical determinations underlie some of the data used in Figure I in Box 1. T.R.B. acknowledges funding from a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (RF2015-653).
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