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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Optimal strategies for sampling functional traits in species-rich forests
Author(s): Paine, C E Timothy
Baraloto, Christopher
Diaz, Sandra
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Keywords: French Guiana
functional traits
plant traits
specific leaf area
wood density
sampling design
tropical forest
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Date Deposited: 1-Jul-2015
Citation: Paine CET, Baraloto C & Diaz S (2015) Optimal strategies for sampling functional traits in species-rich forests. Functional Ecology, 29 (10), pp. 1325-1331.
Abstract: 1. Functional traits provide insight into a variety of ecological questions, yet the optimal sampling method to estimate the community-level distribution of plant functional trait values remains a subject of debate, especially in species-rich forests. 2. We present a simulation analysis of the trait distribution of a set of nine completely sampled permanent plots in the lowland rain forests of French Guiana. 3. Increased sampling intensity consistently improved accuracy in estimating community-weighted means and variances of functional trait values, whereas there was substantial variation among functional traits and minor differences among sampling strategies. 4. Thus, investment in intensified sampling yields a greater improvement in the accuracy of estimation than does an equivalent investment in sampling design complication. 5. Notably, ‘taxon-free' strategies frequently had greater accuracy than did abundance-based strategies, which had the additional cost of requiring botanical surveys. 6. We conclude that there is no substitute for extensive field sampling to accurately characterize the distribution of functional trait values in species-rich forests.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1365-2435.12433
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