Directional turnover towards larger‐ranged plants over time and across habitats

Ingmar R. Staude, Henrique M. Pereira, Gergana N. Daskalova, Markus Bernhardt‐römermann, Martin Diekmann, Harald Pauli, Hans Van Calster, Mark Vellend, Anne D. Bjorkman, Jörg Brunet, Pieter De Frenne, Radim Hédl, Ute Jandt, Jonathan Lenoir, Isla H. Myers‐smith, Kris Verheyen, Sonja Wipf, Monika Wulf, Christopher Andrews, Peter BarančokElena Barni, José‐luis Benito‐alonso, Jonathan Bennie, Imre Berki, Volker Blüml, Markéta Chudomelová, Guillaume Decocq, Jan Dick, Thomas Dirnböck, Tomasz Durak, Ove Eriksson, Brigitta Erschbamer, Bente Jessen Graae, Thilo Heinken, Fride Høistad Schei, Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Martin Kopecký, Thomas Kudernatsch, Martin Macek, Marek Malicki, František Máliš, Ottar Michelsen, Tobias Naaf, Thomas A. Nagel, Adrian C. Newton, Lena Nicklas, Ludovica Oddi, Adrienne Ortmann‐ajkai, Andrej Palaj, Alessandro Petraglia, Petr Petřík, Remigiusz Pielech, Francesco Porro, Mihai Puşcaş, Kamila Reczyńska, Christian Rixen, Wolfgang Schmidt, Tibor Standovár, Klaus Steinbauer, Krzysztof Świerkosz, Balázs Teleki, Jean‐paul Theurillat, Pavel Dan Turtureanu, Tudor‐mihai Ursu, Thomas Vanneste, Philippine Vergeer, Ondřej Vild, Luis Villar, Pascal Vittoz, Manuela Winkler, Lander Baeten, Eric Seabloom (Editor)

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Species turnover is ubiquitous. However, it remains unknown whether certain types of species are consistently gained or lost across different habitats. Here, we analysed the trajectories of 1827 plant species over time intervals of up to 78 years at 141 sites across mountain summits, forests, and lowland grasslands in Europe. We found, albeit with relatively small effect sizes, displacements of smaller- by larger-ranged species across habitats. Communities shifted in parallel towards more nutrient-demanding species, with species from nutrient-rich habitats having larger ranges. Because these species are typically strong competitors, declines of smaller-ranged species could reflect not only abiotic drivers of global change, but also biotic pressure from increased competition. The ubiquitous component of turnover based on species range size we found here may partially reconcile findings of no net loss in local diversity with global species loss, and link community-scale turnover to macroecological processes such as biotic homogenisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-482
JournalEcology Letters
Issue number2
Early online date5 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


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