Tree diversity in relation to maximum tree height: evidence for the harshness hypothesis of species diversity gradients

Christian O. Marks, Helene C. Muller-Landau, David Tilman

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Abstract

Marks et al. (Ecology Letters, 19, 2016, 743) showed tree species richness correlates with maximum tree height, and interpret this as evidence that the environmental stressors that limit tree height also act as ecological filters on species richness. Here, we strengthen these arguments by further addressing the roles of environmental covariates and beta diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-399
Number of pages2
JournalEcology letters
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Canopy height
  • environmental filters
  • favourability hypothesis
  • moisture gradient
  • shade tolerance

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