Editorial overview: Ecology: Beyond a taxonomically-driven approach to describing pattern and process in complex insect communities

Saskya van Nouhuys, Ian Kaplan

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Abstract

Insect community ecology has traditionally encompassed measures of taxonomic diversity (e.g., alpha, beta) and their biogeographical correlates such as latitude and connectivity [1 and 2]. Or, research has focused on quantifying food webs based on taxonomic diversity, resource breadth and trophic interactions [3 and 4]. For this section on community ecology we solicited contributions from researchers working in different types of communities (agricultural, aquatic, tropical, invasive, detrital) who are pushing the boundaries beyond traditional taxon-specific approaches toward a more functional perspective. Each paper makes the point that insect communities would be better understood if they were described and/or quantified using measures unrelated to taxonomy. Some authors converge on similar metrics, whereas others advocate entirely distinct methodologies. Here, we briefly highlight the core arguments laid out by each set of authors, and attempt to synthesize the causal factors driving both the convergence and divergence in approaches across papers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent opinions in insect science
Volume2
Pages (from-to)v-vii
Number of pages3
ISSN2214-5745
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology

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Editorial overview: Ecology: Beyond a taxonomically-driven approach to describing pattern and process in complex insect communities. / van Nouhuys, Saskya; Kaplan, Ian.

In: Current opinions in insect science, Vol. 2, 08.2014, p. v-vii.

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