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The dimensionality of stability depends on disturbance type

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  • Viktoriia Radchuk, Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin
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  • Frederik De Laender, Univ Namur, University of Namur, Res Unit Environm & Evolutionary Biol
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  • Juliano Sarmento Cabral, Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Wurzburg
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  • Isabelle Boulangeat, Univ. Grenoble Alpes
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  • Michael Crawford, Universität Potsdam
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  • Friedrich Bohn, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus North
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  • Jonathan De Raedt, Universiteit Gent, Univ Namur, University of Namur, Res Unit Environm & Evolutionary Biol
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  • Cédric Scherer, Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin
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  • Jens Christian Svenning
  • Kirsten Thonicke, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
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  • Frank M. Schurr, University of Hohenheim
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  • Volker Grimm, Universität Potsdam, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
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  • Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, Technical University of Berlin, Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin

Ecosystems respond in various ways to disturbances. Quantifying ecological stability therefore requires inspecting multiple stability properties, such as resistance, recovery, persistence and invariability. Correlations among these properties can reduce the dimensionality of stability, simplifying the study of environmental effects on ecosystems. A key question is how the kind of disturbance affects these correlations. We here investigated the effect of three disturbance types (random, species-specific, local) applied at four intensity levels, on the dimensionality of stability at the population and community level. We used previously parameterized models that represent five natural communities, varying in species richness and the number of trophic levels. We found that disturbance type but not intensity affected the dimensionality of stability and only at the population level. The dimensionality of stability also varied greatly among species and communities. Therefore, studying stability cannot be simplified to using a single metric and multi-dimensional assessments are still to be recommended.

TidsskriftEcology Letters
Sider (fra-til)674-684
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2019

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