A global database for metacommunity ecology, integrating species, traits, environment and space

The use of functional information in the form of species traits plays an important role in explaining biodiversity patterns and responses to environmental changes. Although relationships between species composition, their traits, and the environment have been extensively studied on a case-by-case basis, results are variable, and it remains unclear how generalizable these relationships are across ecosystems, taxa and spatial scales. To address this gap, we collated 80 datasets from trait-based studies into a global database for metaCommunity Ecology: Species, Traits, Environment and Space; “CESTES”. Each dataset includes four matrices: species community abundances or presences/absences across multiple sites, species trait information, environmental variables and spatial coordinates of the sampling sites. The CESTES database is a live database: it will be maintained and expanded in the future as new datasets become available. By its harmonized structure, and the diversity of ecosystem types, taxonomic groups, and spatial scales it covers, the CESTES database provides an important opportunity for synthetic trait-based research in community ecology.

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Jeliazkov Alienor, Mijatovic Darko, Chantepie Stéphane, Andrew Nigel, Arlettaz Raphaël, Barbaro Luc, Barsoum Nadia, Bartonova Alena, Belskaya Elena, Bonada Núria, Brind'amour Anik, Carvalho Rodrigo, Castro Helena, Chmura Damian, Choler Philippe, Chong-Seng Karen, Cleary Daniel, Cormont Anouk, Cornwell William, de Campos Ramiro, de Voogd Nicole, Doledec Sylvain, Drew Joshua, Dziock Frank, Eallonardo Anthony, Edgar Melanie J., Farneda Fábio, Hernandez Domingo Flores, Frenette-Dussault Cédric, Fried Guillaume, Gallardo Belinda, Gibb Heloise, Gonçalves-Souza Thiago, Higuti Janet, Humbert Jean-Yves, Krasnov Boris R., Saux Eric Le, Lindo Zoe, Lopez-Baucells Adria, Lowe Elizabeth, Marteinsdottir Bryndis, Martens Koen, Meffert Peter, Mellado-Díaz Andres, Menz Myles H. M., Meyer Christoph F. J., Miranda Julia Ramos, Mouillot David, Ossola Alessandro, Pakeman Robin, Pavoine Sandrine, Pekin Burak, Pino Joan, Pocheville Arnaud, Pomati Francesco, Poschlod Peter, Prentice Honor C., Purschke Oliver, Raevel Valerie, Reitalu Triin, Renema Willem, Ribera Ignacio, Robinson Natalie, Robroek Bjorn, Rocha Ricardo, Shieh Sen-Her, Spake Rebecca, Staniaszek-Kik Monika, Stanko Michal, Tejerina-Garro Francisco Leonardo, Braak Cajo ter, Urban Mark C., Klink Roel van, Villéger Sébastien, Wegman Ruut, Westgate Martin J., Wolff Jonas, Żarnowiec Jan, Zolotarev Maxim, Chase Jonathan M. (2020). A global database for metacommunity ecology, integrating species, traits, environment and space. Scientific Data. 7 (1). 6 (15p.). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-019-0344-7, https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00604/71606/

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