Authors

Peter B. Adler, Utah State UniversityFollow
Eric W. Seabloom, University of Minnesota
Elizabeth T. Borer, University of Minnesota
Helmut Hillebrand, University of Oldenburg
Yann Hautler, University of Zurich
Andy Hector, University of Zurich
W. Stanley Harpole, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Lydia R. O'Halloran, Oregon State University
James B. Grace, United States Geological Survey
T. Michael Anderson, Wake Forest University
Jonathan D. Bakker, University of Washington
Lori A. Biederman, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Cynthia S. Brown, Colorado State University
Yvonne M. Buckley, University of Queensland
Laura B. Calabrese, University of New Mexico
Cheng-Jin Chu, Lanzhou University
Elsa E. Cleland, University of California, San Diego
Scott L. Collins, University of Queensland
Kathryn L. Cottingham, Dartmouth College
Michael J. Crawley, Imperial College London
Ellen I. Damschen, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Kendi F. Davies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Nicole M. DeCrappeo, United States Geological Survey
Philip A. Fay, United States Department of Agriculture
Jennifer Firn, Queensland University of Technology
Paul N. Frater, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Eve I. Gasarch, University of Colorado at Boulder
Daniel S. Gruner, University of Maryland
Nicole Hagenah, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Janneke HilleRisLambers, University of Washington
Hope Humphries, University of Colorado at Boulder
Virginia L. Jin, United States Department of Agriculture
Adam Kay, University of St. Thomas
Kevin P. Kirkman, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Julia A. Klein, Colorado State University
Johannes M. H. Knops, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Kimberly J. La Pierre, Yale University
John G. Lambrinos, Oregon State University
Wei Li, Iowa State University
Andrew S. MacDougall, University of Guelph
Rebecca L. McCulley, University of Kentucky
Brett A. Melbourne, University of Colorado at Boulder
Charles E. Mitchell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joslin L. Moore, University of Melbourne
John W. Morgan, La Trobe University
Brent D. Mortensen, Iowa State UniversityFollow
John L. Orrock, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Suzanne M. Prober, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
David A. Pyke, United States Geological Survey
Anita C. Risch, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
Martin Schuetz, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
Melinda D. Smith, Yale University
Carly J. Stevens, The Open University
Lauren K. Sullivan, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Gang Wang, Lanzhou University
Peter D. Wragg, University of Minnesota
Justin P. Wright, Duke University
Louie H. Yang, University of California, Davis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-23-2011

Journal or Book Title

Science

Volume

333

Issue

6050

First Page

1750

Last Page

1753

DOI

10.1126/science.1204498

Abstract

For more than 30 years, the relationship between net primary productivity and species richness has generated intense debate in ecology about the processes regulating local diversity. The original view, which is still widely accepted, holds that the relationship is hump-shaped, with richness first rising and then declining with increasing productivity. Although recent meta-analyses questioned the generality of hump-shaped patterns, these syntheses have been criticized for failing to account for methodological differences among studies. We addressed such concerns by conducting standardized sampling in 48 herbaceous-dominated plant communities on five continents. We found no clear relationship between productivity and fine-scale (meters−2) richness within sites, within regions, or across the globe. Ecologists should focus on fresh, mechanistic approaches to understanding the multivariate links between productivity and richness.

Comments

This article is from Science 333, no. 6050 (2011): 1750–1753, doi:10.1126/science.1204498.

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Language

en

File Format

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