NCEAS Project 5200

Analysis of diversity reduction experiments to address the ecosystem consequences of biodiversity loss

  • Laura F. Huenneke
  • F. Stuart Chapin
  • Sandra Diaz

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group23rd—28th April 2002Participant List  
Working Group6th—8th September 2002Participant List  
Working Group26th—30th July 2004Participant List  

Abstract
A diversity reduction working group will examine the relationship between species diversity and ecosystem functioning in a wide range of natural and managed ecosystems. We will evaluate the results of field experiments in which species diversity and composition of plants, animals, and/or microbes have been reduced and ecosystem processes have been measured. We propose two approaches: (1) a meta-analysis of the species-removal literature and (2) a synthesis of comparative measurements to be made in ongoing species-removal experiments in a diverse array of natural ecosystems.