Traits mediate niches and co‐occurrences of forest beetles in ways that differ among bioclimatic regions
Burner, R. C., Stephan, J. G., Drag, L., Birkemoe, T., Muller, J., Snäll, T., Ovaskainen, O., Potterf, M., Siitonen, J., Skarpaas, O., Doerfler, I., Gossner, M. M., Schall, P., Weisser, W. W., & Sverdrup‐Thygeson, A. (2021). Traits mediate niches and co‐occurrences of forest beetles in ways that differ among bioclimatic regions. Journal of Biogeography, 48(12), 3145-3157. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14272
Published inJournal of Biogeography
© 2021 The Authors. Journal of Biogeography published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Aim The aim of this study was to investigate the role of traits in beetle community assembly and test for consistency in these effects among several bioclimatic regions. We asked (1) whether traits predicted species’ responses to environmental gradients (i.e. their niches), (2) whether these same traits could predict co-occurrence patterns and (3) how consistent were niches and the role of traits among study regions. Location Boreal forests in Norway and Finland, temperate forests in Germany. Taxon Wood-living (saproxylic) beetles. Methods We compiled capture records of 468 wood-living beetle species from the three regions, along with nine morphological and ecological species traits. Eight climatic and forest covariates were also collected. We used Bayesian hierarchical joint species distribution models to estimate the influence of traits and phylogeny on species’ niches. We also tested for correlations between species associations and trait similarity. Finally, we compared species niches and the effects of traits among study regions. Results Traits explained some of the variability in species’ niches, but their effects differed among study regions. However, substantial phylogenetic signal in species niches implies that unmeasured but phylogenetically structured traits have a stronger effect. Degree of trait similarity was correlated with species associations but depended idiosyncratically on the trait and region. Species niches were much more consistent—widespread taxa often responded similarly to an environmental gradient in each region. Main conclusions The inconsistent effects of traits among regions limit their current use in understanding beetle community assembly. Phylogenetic signal in niches, however, implies that better predictive traits can eventually be identified. Consistency of species niches among regions means niches may remain relatively stable under future climate and land use changes; this lends credibility to predictive distribution models based on future climate projections but may imply that species’ scope for short-term adaptation is limited. ...
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Additional information about fundingNorges Forskningsråd, Grant/ Award Number: 295621; Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas, Grant/ Award Number: 2018-2435; Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Grant/Award Number: AM 149/16-3 and WE3081/21; Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten, Grant/Award Number: L55; Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA; NFR, Grant/ Award Number: 295621; DLR
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Antão, Laura H.; Weigel, Benjamin; Strona, Giovanni; Hällfors, Maria; Kaarlejärvi, Elina; Dallas, Tad; Opedal, Øystein H.; Heliölä, Janne; Henttonen, Heikki; Huitu, Otso; Korpimäki, Erkki; Kuussaari, Mikko; Lehikoinen, Aleksi; Leinonen, Reima; Lindén, Andreas; Merilä, Päivi; Pietiäinen, Hannu; Pöyry, Juha; Salemaa, Maija; Tonteri, Tiina; Vuorio, Kristiina; Ovaskainen, Otso; Saastamoinen, Marjo; Vanhatalo, Jarno; Roslin, Tomas; Laine, Anna-Liisa (Nature Publishing Group, 2022)Climate change is a pervasive threat to biodiversity. While range shifts are a known consequence of climate warming contributing to regional community change, less is known about how species’ positions shift within their ...
Choosy beetles : How host trees and southern boreal forest naturalness may determine dead wood beetle communities Burner, Ryan C.; Birkemoe, Tone; Stephan, Jörg G.; Drag, Lukas; Muller, Jörg; Ovaskainen, Otso; Potterf, Mária; Skarpaas, Olav; Snall, Tord; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne (Elsevier, 2021)Wood-living beetles make up a large proportion of forest biodiversity and contribute to important ecosystem services, including decomposition. Beetle communities in managed southern boreal forests are less species rich ...
Evolutionary rescue at different rates of environmental change is affected by trade‐offs between short‐term performance and long‐term survival Liukkonen, Martta; Kronholm, Ilkka; Ketola, Tarmo (Wiley-Blackwell, 2021)As climate change accelerates and habitats free from anthropogenic impacts diminish, populations are forced to migrate or to adapt quickly. Evolutionary rescue (ER) is a phenomenon, in which a population is able to avoid ...
Eloranta, Antti P.; Finstad, Anders G.; Sandlund, Odd Terje; Knudsen, Rune; Kuparinen, Anna; Amundsen, Per‐Arne (Wiley-Blackwell, 2022)Competition for shared resources is commonly assumed to restrict population-level niche width of coexisting species. However, the identity and abundance of coexisting species, the prevailing environmental conditions, and ...
Karppinen, Santeri; Vihola, Matti (Springer, 2021)Conditional particle filters (CPFs) are powerful smoothing algorithms for general nonlinear/non-Gaussian hidden Markov models. However, CPFs can be inefficient or difficult to apply with diffuse initial distributions, which ...