Mammal functional diversity increases with vegetation structural complexity in two forest types
Hilman T Sukma, Julian Di Stefano, Matthew Swan, Holly Sitters
FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2019
Enhanced understanding of relationships between functional diversity (FD) and environmental gradients is crucial given accelerating rates of land-cover change and disturbance worldwide. Functional diversity measures the abundance, range and distribution of traits in a community, and links species diversity with ecosystem function. Several studies have related bird or invertebrate FD to environmental gradients, but information on the responses of mammal FD to vegetation structural diversity at scales of management relevance is scarce. We addressed this knowledge gap by examining responses of ground-dwelling mammal FD to vegetation structural complexity in wet (high-productivity) and dry (low-..View full abstract
This work was part of a study of the effects of fire on biodiversity in the Otway Ranges, funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria. Field work was conducted under the National Parks Act and Forest Act, and camera-trapping methods were approved by the University of Melbourne Animal Ethics Committee (ID 1513682.1). We thank Paul Bentley, Matthew Chick, Peter Collins, Julio Najera-Umana, and volunteers for their assistance in the data collection.