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Using ecological niche theory to avoid uninformative biodiversity surrogates

Barton, Philip; Westgate, Martin; Foster, Claire; Cuddington, Kim; Hastings, Alan; O'Loughlin, Luke; Sato, Chloe; Willig, Michael R; Lindenmayer, David B


Surrogates and indicators of biodiversity are used to infer the state and dynamics of species populations and ecosystems, as well as to inform conservation and management actions. Despite their widespread use, few studies have examined how ecological theory can guide the selection or surrogates and indicators, and thus reduce the likelihood of failure or cost of validation. We argue that ecological niche theory and knowledge of the extent to which particular limiting factors (e.g. physiological...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Ecological Indicators
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105692
Access Rights: Open Access


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