8th to 12th January, 2015 - Bayreuth, Germany

PS4 Global Functional Diversity in a Data-Rich Era

Friday, 09:15-11:45, Audimax


  • Björn Reu, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Miguel Mahecha, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • Jens Kattge, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • Christian Wirth, University of Leipzig, Germany; German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Identifying and quantifying the links between biogeographical patterns and ecosystem functioning at regional to global scales has not yet been sufficiently explored. However, these links, as mediated by the different characteristics of organisms (i.e. functional diversity), are key to understanding the role and vulnerability of biodiversity in a changing world and anticipate the impacts of global change on ecosystem functioning and services.
In this symposium we aim to address these issues with an emphasis on the drivers of functional diversity, the relevance of functional diversity for ecosystem functions, and the representation of functional diversity in ecosystem models. To do so, this symposium will highlight a broad spectrum of scientific approaches addressing:

  • how functional diversity relates to niche processes (Robert Ricklefs),
  • how deep-time historical drivers may have shaped contemporary functional diversity and ecosystem functioning (Alejandro Ordonez)
  • drivers of plant pollination systems and their diversity across Europe (Avelina Helm) 
  • ecosystem modeling considering novel approaches to functional diversity (Simon Scheiter)
  • evaluating the effect of functional diversity on growth and mortality across European forests (Paloma Ruiz-Benito) 
  • methodological challenges for the geographic analysis of functional diversity and other intrinsic biodiversity measures (Bradford Hawkins)

The symposium will continue in the afternoon with lightning talks for poster presentations and during the poster session, where we hope for fruitful discussions with everyone interested in the drivers and consequences of functional diversity.

09:15PS4.1: Robert Ricklefs: Traits, niche occupancy, coexistence, and geographic distribution
09:40PS4.2: Alejandro Ordonez et al.: Long-term historical effects on functional diversity and potential impacts on ecosystem functioning
09:55PS4.3: Aveliina Helm et al.: Large-scale distribution of pollination systems in Europe
10:10Coffee Break (Foyer Audimax)
10:40PS4.4: Simon Scheiter et al.: Projecting traits, communities and functional diversity: novel approaches to ecosystem modeling
11:05PS4.5: P. Ruiz-Benito et al.: Does functional diversity modulate demographic responses to stand structure and climate in European forests?
11:20PS4.6: Bradford Hawkins et al.: Community diversity and structure in geographical space: the roles of functional diversity and all other intrinsic properties may be very challenging to evaluate
11:45Break (salty snacks)

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PPS4.1 Leonor Alvarez-Cansino, Stefan Schnitzer

Seasonal differences in growth and leaf physiology between lianas and trees.  A test of the dry season growth advantage hypothesis.

PPS4.2⚡ Matthias Dehling, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Matthias Schleuning

Functional relationships between interacting species across scales - from species interactions to regional patterns

PPS4.3⚡ Hannes Feilhauer

A tale of bees and flowers – mapping pollination traits with imaging spectroscopy

PPS4.4 Nicholas Friedman, Vladimir Remes

Global geographic patterns of sexual size dimorphism in birds and their climatic correlates

PPS4.5 Lucie Hemrova, James Bullock, Danny Hooftman, Steven White, Zuzana Münzbergová

The importance of local dynamics and species’ dispersal for species’ potential to spread in landscape

PPS4.6⚡ David Hořák, Anna Tószögyová, David Storch

Relative food limitation drives geographic clutch size variation in South African passerines: a large-scale test of Ashmole’s seasonality hypothesis

PPS4.7⚡ Jens Kattge, Sandra Diaz, Sandra Lavorel, Paul Leadley, Colin Prentice, Gerhard Boenisch, Christian Wirth

TRY – a global database of plant traits

PPS4.8 Mario Liebergesell, Christian Wirth, Björn Reu, Martin Freiberg, Erik Welk, Ulrike Stahl, Jens Kattge

Functional resilience towards climate-driven extinction - the trait signature of the European and North American tree floras.

PPS4.9⚡ Girardello Marco, Svenning Jens-Christian

Multi-million year climate change legacies in global mammal functional diversity patterns

PPS4.10⚡ Shai Meiri, Inon Scharf, Uri Roll, Anat Feldman, Maria Novosolov, Daniel Pincheira-Donoso, Yuval Itescu

Cold vegetarians live longer - on longevity and biogeography of reptiles

PPS4.11⚡ Robert Muscarella, María Uriarte

Do community-mean trait values reflect optimal strategies?  Insights from niche models of Puerto Rican trees.

PPS4.12⚡ Oliver Purschke, Jürgen Dengler, Helge Bruelheide, Milan Chytrý, Florian Jansen, Stephan M. Hennekens, Ute Jandt, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Jens Kattge, Valério De Patta Pillar, Brody Sandel, Marten Winter, The sPlot Consortium

sPlot – the new global vegetation-plot database for addressing trait-environment relationships across the world’s biomes

PPS4.13⚡ Björn Reu, Ulrike Stahl, Christian Wirth

Species physiological tolerances and ecological niche processes jointly shape regional-scale biodiversity gradients

PPS4.14⚡ Bianca Saladin, Wilfried Thuiller, Sébastien Lavergne, Luigi Maiorano, Nicolas Salamin, Niklaus E. Zimmermann

Biodiversity turnover along environmental and spatial gradients in Europe

PPS4.15⚡ Franziska Schrodt, Miguel D. Mahecha, Fabian Gans, Sophia Ratcliffe, Mario Liebergesell, Erik Welk, Martin Jung, Matthias Forkel, Jens Kattge, Ingolf Kühn

Plant functional diversity effects on ecosystem resilience – linking traits and ecosystem functioning at the continental scale 

PPS4.16 Irena Šímová, Brody Sandel, Cyrille Violle, Jens-Christian Svenning, John C. Donoghue II, Brad Boyle, Naia Morueta-Holme, Nathan J.B. Kraft, Brian J. McGill, Brian J. Enquist

Functional traits and global productivity gradient: can we predict ecosystem processes using plant assemblage composition?

PPS4.17 Mariana Tsianou, Athanasios Kallimanis

Cross-function congruence of functional diversity patterns

PPS4.19⚡ Bastian Göldel, W. Daniel Kissling, Jens-Christian Svenning

Geographic variation and environmental correlates of functional trait distributions in Neotropical palms (Arecaceae) 

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