The response of ecological communities to nutrient enrichment: Utilizing meta-analysis and structural equation modeling to disentangle the influences of functional traits and environmental context

Principal Investigators:

Elsa E. Cleland

Ecologists have been fascinated by the relationship between plant species diversity and ecosystem productivity for many years. It is becoming increasingly important to understand this relationship as anthropogenic environmental changes such as nitrogen deposition fundamentally alter natural systems. At local scales, experimental research shows that species diversity tends to decline as resource availability increases. To date, diversity responses to nutrient enrichment have been quantified almost entirely by changes in taxonomic richness. Thus,... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow1st August 2005—30th June 2008Participant List  
Graduate Student1st April—30th June 2006Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Elsa E. Clelandecleland@ucsd.eduStanford University
Candace Lowc_low@lifesci.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Data Set Cleland, Elsa E.; Suding, Katharine N.; Collins, Scott L.; Clark, Christopher M.; Fargione, Joseph E.; Gough, Laura; Gross, Katherine L.; Pennings, Steven C.; Milchunas, Daniel; Cox, Stephen B.; Grace, James B. 2006. Synthesis of nitrogen fertilization experiments in North America - plant species relative abundance. (Online version)
Journal Article Collins, Scott L.; Suding, Katharine N.; Cleland, Elsa E.; Batty, Michael; Pennings, Steven C.; Gross, Katherine L.; Grace, James B.; Gough, Laura; Fargione, Joseph E.; Clark, Christopher M. 2008. Rank clocks and plant community dynamics. Ecology. Vol: 89(12). Pages 3534-3541. (Online version)
Journal Article Cox, Stephen B.; Clark, Christopher M.; Cleland, Elsa E.; Suding, Katharine N.; Weiher, Evan; Pennington, Deana D. 2008. Scale-dependent responses of plant biodiversity to nitrogen enrichment. Ecology. Vol: 89(8). Pages 2165-2171.
Journal Article Funk, Jennifer L.; Cleland, Elsa E.; Suding, Katharine N.; Zavaleta, Erika. 2008. Restoration through reassembly: Plant traits and invasion resistance. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Vol: 23(12). Pages 695-703. (Online version)
"The response of ecological communities to nutrient enrichment: Utilizing meta-analysis and structural equation modeling to disentangle the influences of functional traits and environmental context" is project ID: 9520