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The seafloor from a trait perspective. A comprehensive life history dataset of soft sediment macrozoobenthos
Meijer, K.J.; Gusmao, J.B.; Bruil, L.; Franken, O.; Grimm, I.A.; van der Heide, T.; Hijner, N.; Holthuijsen, S.; Hübner, L.; Thieltges, D.W.; Olff, H.; Eriksson, B.K.; Govers, L.L. (2023). The seafloor from a trait perspective. A comprehensive life history dataset of soft sediment macrozoobenthos. Scientific Data 10(1).
In: Scientific Data. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2052-4463; e-ISSN 2052-4463, more
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Author keywords
    Community ecology; Conservation biology; Ecosystem ecology; Macroecology

Authors  Top 
  • Meijer, K.J.
  • Gusmao, J.B.
  • Bruil, L.
  • Franken, O.
  • Grimm, I.A.
  • van der Heide, T., more
  • Hijner, N.
  • Holthuijsen, S., more
  • Hübner, L.
  • Thieltges, D.W., more
  • Olff, H.
  • Eriksson, B.K.
  • Govers, L.L., more

    Biological trait analysis (BTA) is a valuable tool for evaluating changes in community diversity and its link to ecosystem processes as well as environmental and anthropogenic perturbations. Trait-based analytical techniques like BTA rely on standardised datasets of species traits. However, there are currently only a limited number of datasets available for marine macrobenthos that contain trait data across multiple taxonomic groups. Here, we present an open-access dataset of 16 traits for 235 macrozoobenthic species recorded throughout multiple sampling campaigns of the Dutch Wadden Sea; a dynamic soft bottom system where humans have long played a substantial role in shaping the coastal environment. The trait categories included in this dataset cover a variety of life history strategies that are tightly linked to ecosystem functioning and the resilience of communities to (anthropogenic) perturbations and can advance our understanding of environmental changes and human impacts on the functioning of soft bottom systems.

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