Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures

Mark T Bulling (Corresponding Author), Natalie Hicks, Leigh Murray, David M Paterson, David Raffaelli, Piran C L White, Martin Solan

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Abstract

Anthropogenic activity is currently leading to dramatic transformations of ecosystems and losses of biodiversity. The recognition that these ecosystems provide services that are essential for human well-being has led to a major interest in the forms of the biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationship. However, there is a lack of studies examining the impact of climate change on these relationships and it remains unclear how multiple climatic drivers may affect levels of ecosystem functioning. Here, we examine the roles of two important climate change variables, temperature and concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, on the relationship between invertebrate species richness and nutrient release in a model benthic estuarine system. We found a positive relationship between invertebrate species richness and the levels of release of NH4-N into the water column, but no effect of species richness on the release of PO4-P. Higher temperatures and greater concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide had a negative impact on nutrient release. Importantly, we found significant interactions between the climate variables, indicating that reliably predicting the effects of future climate change will not be straightforward as multiple drivers are unlikely to have purely additive effects, resulting in increased levels of uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2107-2116
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume365
Issue number1549
Early online date30 May 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2010

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Climate Change
Biodiversity
ecosystem function
Climate change
Ecosystems
Ecosystem
species richness
climate change
biodiversity
Invertebrates
Carbon Dioxide
species diversity
Nutrients
ecosystems
carbon dioxide
invertebrate
invertebrates
Food
Temperature
nutrient

Keywords

  • benthic
  • climate change
  • bioturbation
  • ocean acidification
  • uncertainty

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Bulling, M. T., Hicks, N., Murray, L., Paterson, D. M., Raffaelli, D., White, P. C. L., & Solan, M. (2010). Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 365(1549), 2107-2116. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0022

Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures. / Bulling, Mark T (Corresponding Author); Hicks, Natalie; Murray, Leigh; Paterson, David M; Raffaelli, David; White, Piran C L; Solan, Martin.

In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 365, No. 1549, 12.07.2010, p. 2107-2116.

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Bulling, MT, Hicks, N, Murray, L, Paterson, DM, Raffaelli, D, White, PCL & Solan, M 2010, 'Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 365, no. 1549, pp. 2107-2116. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0022
Bulling, Mark T ; Hicks, Natalie ; Murray, Leigh ; Paterson, David M ; Raffaelli, David ; White, Piran C L ; Solan, Martin. / Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2010 ; Vol. 365, No. 1549. pp. 2107-2116.
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