Multiple Dimensions of Biodiversity

Functional biodiversity is more tightly linked to environmental characteristics and responds more strongly to both press and pulse disturbances than do taxonomic and phylogenetic biodiversity. Biodiversity in multiple dimensions over multiple scales –Each of the multiple dimensions of biodiversity (taxonomic, functional, and hylogenetic) in terrestrial and aquatic systems responds differently to: 1) spatial gradients in environmental characteristics, 2) hurricane-mediated disturbance and drought, and 3) long-term change associated with climate and land use, and these responses are taxon-specific.