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How can we bring together empiricists and modellers in functional biodiversity research?

  • Improving our understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and our capacity to inform ecosystem management requires an integrated framework for functional biodiversity research (FBR). However, adequate integration among empirical approaches (monitoring and experimental) and modelling has rarely been achieved in FBR. We offer an appraisal of the issues involved and chart a course towards enhanced integration. A major element of this path is the joint orientation towards the continuous refinement of a theoretical framework for FBR that links theory testing and generalization with applied research oriented towards the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. We further emphasize existing decision-making frameworks as suitable instruments to practically merge these different aims of FBR and bring them into application. This integrated framework requires joint research planning, and should improve communication and stimulate collaboration between modellers and empiricists, thereby overcoming existing reservationsImproving our understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and our capacity to inform ecosystem management requires an integrated framework for functional biodiversity research (FBR). However, adequate integration among empirical approaches (monitoring and experimental) and modelling has rarely been achieved in FBR. We offer an appraisal of the issues involved and chart a course towards enhanced integration. A major element of this path is the joint orientation towards the continuous refinement of a theoretical framework for FBR that links theory testing and generalization with applied research oriented towards the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. We further emphasize existing decision-making frameworks as suitable instruments to practically merge these different aims of FBR and bring them into application. This integrated framework requires joint research planning, and should improve communication and stimulate collaboration between modellers and empiricists, thereby overcoming existing reservations and prejudices. The implementation of this integrative research agenda for FBR requires an adaptation in most national and international funding schemes in order to accommodate such joint teams and their more complex structures and data needs.show moreshow less

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Author:Florian JeltschORCiDGND, Niels Blaum, Ulrich BroseGND, Joseph D. Chipperfield, Yann Clough, Nina Farwig, Katja Geissler, Catherine H. Graham, Volker Grimm, Thomas Hickler, Andreas Huth, Felix May, Katrin M. Meyer, Jörn Pagel, Björn Reineking, Matthias C. Rillig, Katriona Shea, Frank M. Schurr, Boris Schroeder, Katja Tielbörger, Lina Weiss, Kerstin Wiegand, Thorsten Wiegand, Christian Wirth, Damaris ZurellORCiDGND
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2013.01.001
ISSN:1439-1791 (print)
Parent Title (English):Basic and applied ecology : Journal of the Gesellschaft für Ökologie
Publisher:Elsevier
Place of publication:Jena
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Biodiversity experiments; Biodiversity theory; Conservation management; Decision-making; Ecosystem functions and services; Forecasting; Functional traits; Global change; Interdisciplinarity; Monitoring programmes
Volume:14
Issue:2
Pagenumber:9
First Page:93
Last Page:101
Funder:Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG; DFG Priority Programme 1374 "Infrastructure-Biodiversity-Exploratories" [JE 207/5-1]
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert