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Bryology and Lichenology

Caswell-Levy, Caleb [1].

Epiphyte functional traits and phylogenetic diversity in an increasingly invaded Polynesian forest.

Tropical epiphyte communities are complex, taxonomically diverse ecological systems. They are also important for ecosystem water and nutrient cycling. In many island systems, forest tree composition is changing at a rapid rate, with non-native trees increasing in dominance and many native species becoming rare or extinct. However, the effect of these changes in forest composition on epiphyte diversity and traits related to ecosystem function is largely unknown. In the present study, I investigate epiphyte diversity and traits in bole communities on native and introduced host trees.

1 - University of California, Berkeley, Integrative Biology, 1001 Valley Life Sciences, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA

community assembly
community ecology
tropical trees
ecosystem functioning
Water relations.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Number: 0011
Abstract ID:958
Candidate for Awards:A. J. Sharp Award

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