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Leadership

Jussi T. Eronen
Group Leader
University of Helsinki

jussi.t.eronen@helsinki.fi

Jason J. Head
Group Leader
University of Cambridge

jjh71@cam.ac.uk

A. Michelle Lawing
Group Leader
Texas A&M University

alawing@tamu.edu

Johannes Müller
Secretary
Museum für Naturkunde

johannes.mueller@mfn-berlin.de

Gregory P. Dietl
Steering Group
Paleontological Research Institute (PRI)

gpd3@cornell.edu

Mikael Fortelius
Steering Group
University of Helsinki

mikael.fortelius@helsinki.fi

P. David Polly
Steering Group
Indiana University

pdpolly@indiana.edu

Christoph Scheidegger
Steering Group
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

christoph.scheidegger@wsl.ch

Nils Chr. Stenseth
Steering Group
University of Oslo

n.c.stenseth@bio.uio.no

 

Ecosystem Services and Functional Traits

Biological conservation efforts are increasingly focusing on the preservation and restoration of ecosystem services, the benefits that humans receive from the natural functioning of healthy ecosystems (MA). A lot of work has been conducted over the last decade to create land use planning tools that display variation over space in ecosystem service provision. What seems to be missing is the time component. Traits have been recently highlighted as a potential contribution to ecosystem service assessment. One of the advantages of trait based analysis is that most ecosystem services can be provided by more than one type of organism. Therefore, it is useful to consider traits, rather than taxonomy. Thus, trait analysis is well-placed to fill this data gap by providing the range of variability and to guide the forecasting of the trait responses to changing environmental conditions. We will examine the utility of trait analysis to supplement existing knowledge on the role of plants and animals in ecosystem service. In particular, we will identify the key palaeotraits that allow us to translate palaeodata into conservation management.

 


Project Participants

Paleontological Research Institute (PRI)

ARONIA Research Institute

Oxford University