TraitNet: Furthering biodiversity research through the curation, discovery, and sharing of species trait data

Shahid Naeem, Daniel E. Bunker

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Abstract

Functional diversity plays a central role in understanding and predicting the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning precisely because functional traits are the means by which species perform ecosystem functions. While species diversity is easily quantified, functional trait data are often lacking. This chapter describes TraitNet, a US NSF-funded Research Coordination Network dedicated to the advancement of trait-based evolutionary and ecological research. TraitNet's five primary goals are: (1) identify core hypotheses in trait-based research, (2) identify critical data gaps, (3) standardize the collection and curation of trait data, (4) build a model trait database, and (5) facilitate the development of cross-disciplinary ecoinformatic tools for curating and sharing trait data. This coordinated effort will usher in a new era in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning research that will complement existing experimental approaches and provide means for scaling results from individuals to ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing
Subtitle of host publicationAn Ecological and Economic Perspective
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720345
ISBN (Print)9780199547951
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 30 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Diversity
  • Ecoinformatics
  • Functional diversity
  • Research network
  • Trait

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