Effects of phylogenetic diversity and phylogenetic identity in a restoration ecology experiment

Andrew L. Hipp, Mary Claire Glasenhardt, Marlin L. Bowles, Mira Garner, Bryant C. Scharenbroch, Evelyn W. Williams, Rebecca S. Barak, Amy Byrne, Adrienne R. Ernst, Emily Grigg, Meghan G. Midgley, Hayley Wagreich, Daniel J. Larkin

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Our understanding of the effects of plant biodiversity on ecosystem function rests in large part on experiments that have disentangled environmental variables from local diversity. Yet phylogenetic diversity (PD) effects can be confounded by phylogenetic identity effects in such experiments if assemblages with low or high PD tend to be dominated by a single clade. We illustrate this problem in a 127-species experiment designed to test the effects of angiosperm PD and trait diversity on tallgrass prairie restoration outcomes. In this experiment, the taxon pool exhibits a phylogenetic bias: if species were randomly assigned to experimental assemblages, low PD plots would frequently be dominated by a single

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhylogenetic Diversity
Subtitle of host publicationApplications and Challenges in Biodiversity Science
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319931449
ISBN (Print)9783319931449
StatePublished - Aug 31 2018


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