Quantifying Functional Biodiversity by Laura PlaQuantifying Functional Biodiversity by Laura Pla

Quantifying Functional Biodiversity

byLaura Pla, Fernando Casanoves, Julio Di Rienzo

Book & Toy | October 31, 2011

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This book synthesizes current methods used to quantify functional diversity, providing step-by-step examples for defining functional groups and estimating functional indices. The authors show how to compare communities, and how to analyze changes of diversity along environmental gradients, using real-life examples throughout. One section of the book demonstrates the selection of traits, and the standardization and characterization of ecosystem data. Another section presents methods used to quantify functional diversity, shows how to relate functional diversity with environmental variables and how to connect these to ecosystem services. The concluding section introduces FDiversity, a free program developed by the authors. The reader is guided through every step from software installation and basic functions, to sample and database design, to graphical projection methods, employing case study data to illustrate key concepts.
Title:Quantifying Functional BiodiversityFormat:Book & ToyDimensions:107 pagesPublished:October 31, 2011Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400726473

ISBN - 13:9789400726475

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction1.1 Functional Diversity Approach To Quantify the Biodiversity1.2 Functional Diversity Assessment1.3 Classification of Ecosystem Services1.4 Selection of Traits According to Ecosystem Service1.5. Functional Diversity Quantification 2. Functional Groups2.1 Selecting Trait and Its Relation With Ecosystem Services2.2 A Guide For Data Arrangement2.3 Statistical Procedures To Define Functional Groups2.3.1 The Selection of a Dissimilarity Measure2.3.2 Standardization2.3.3 Choosing the Linkage Algorithm Method2.3.4 Assessing the Number of Functional Groups2.4 Functional Characterization of Coastal Sandy Plain Vegetation in Southeast Brazil2.4.1 The Data Set2.4.2 Plant Functional Types From a Restinga Vegetation2.5 Functional Groups For Bird Species in Nicaragua2.5.1 The Data Set2.5.2 Bird Functional Types From Nicaragua2.5.3 Characterization of Bird Functional Types of Nicaragua2.5.4 Relationship of Functional Types With Land Uses 3. Functional Diversity Indices3.1 About Functional Diversity Indices and Measures3.2 Species Diversity Indices3.3 Single-trait Metrics and Indices: Properties and Estimation3.3.1 Community Weighted Mean3.3.2 Functional Divergence3.3.3 Functional Regularity3.4 Multi-trait Indices: Properties and Estimation3.4.1 Functional Attribute Diversity3.4.2 Functional Diversity Based on Dendrograms3.4.3 Convex Hull Hyper-volume3.4.4. Quadratic Entropy3.4.5 Extended FD3.4.6 Functional Richness, Evenness, Divergence and Dispersion3.5 Ability of Indices to Detect Some Ecological Processes 4. How To Estimate Functional Diversity Indices4.1 The FDiversity Software: Capabilities and Data Management4.1.1 How To Install FDiversity4.1.2 Data Menu4.1.3 Statistics and Output Menus4.2 Case study: Changes in Functional Diversity in an Altitudinal Gradient4.2.1 Sample Design and Trait Evaluation4.2.2 The Database4.2.3 Changes of Plant Functional Types With the Altitude4.2.4 Changes of Functional Diversity Indices With the Altitude4.3 Case study: Changes in Functional Diversity in a Chronosequence4.3.1 Sample Design and Trait Evaluation4.3.2 The Database4.3.3 Changes of Plant Functional Types in the Chronosequence4.4 Multivariate Graphical Projection Methods IndexIndex