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Title: Testing the impact of climate variability on European plant diversity: 320 000 years of water-energy dynamics and its long-term influence on plant taxonomic richness
Authors: Willis, Katherine J
Kleczkowski, Adam
New, Mark
Whittaker, Robert J
Contact Email: ak@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: climate variability
cold tolerance
diversity loss
drought tolerance
ecological traits
macroecology
palaeoecology
plant richness
Pliocene
water-energy dynamics
Issue Date: Aug-2007
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Willis KJ, Kleczkowski A, New M & Whittaker RJ (2007) Testing the impact of climate variability on European plant diversity: 320 000 years of water-energy dynamics and its long-term influence on plant taxonomic richness, Ecology Letters, 10 (8), pp. 673-679.
Abstract: Models examining the present-day relationship between macro-scale patterns in terrestrial species richness and variables of water and energy demonstrate that a combined water-energy model is a good predictor of richness in mid-to-high latitude regions. However, the power of the individual water and energy variables to explain this richness through time has never been explored. Here, we assess how well energy and water can predict long-term variations in plant richness using a 320 000-year fossil pollen data set from Hungary. Results demonstrate that a combined water-energy model best explains the variation in plant diversity through time. However, this long temporal record also demonstrates that amplitude of energy variation appears to be a strong determinant of richness. Decreased richness correlates with increased climate variability and certain species appear to be more susceptible according to their ecological traits. These findings have important implications for predicting richness at times of increasing climate variability.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/16567
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01056.x
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Affiliation: University of Cambridge
Mathematics - CSM Dept
University of Oxford
University of Oxford

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