Unraveling Amazon tree community assembly using maximum information entropy: A quantitative analysis of tropical forest ecology

Pos, Edwin, de Souza Coelho, Luiz, de Andrade Lima Filho, Diogenes, Salomão, Rafael P., Amaral, Iêda Leão, de Almeida Matos, Francisca Dionízia, Castilho, Carolina V., Phillips, Oliver L., Guevara, Juan Ernesto, de Jesus Veiga Carim, Marcelo, López, Dairon Cárdenas, Magnusson, William E., Wittmann, Florian, Irume, Mariana Victória, Martins, Maria Pire, Sabatier, Daniel, da Silva Guimarães, José Renan, Molino, Jean-François, Bánki, Olaf S., Piedade, Maria Teresa Fernandez, Pitman, Nigel C. A., Mendoza, Abel Monteagudo, Ramos, José Ferreira, Hawes, Joseph E., Almeida, Everton José, Barbosa, Luciane Ferreira, Cavalheiro, Larissa, dos Santos, Márcia Cléia Vilela, Luize, Bruno Garcia, de Leao Novo, Evlyn Marcia Moraes, Vargas, Percy Nunez, Silva, Thiago Sanna Freire, Venticinque, Eduardo Martins, Manzatto, Angelo Gilberto, Reis, Neidiane Farias Costa, Terborgh, John, Casula, Katia Regina, Coronado, Euridice N. Honorio, Montero, Juan Carlos, Marimon, Beatriz S., Marimon-Junior, Ben Hur, Feldpausch, Ted R., Duque, Alvaro, Baraloto, Chris, Arboleda, Nicolas Castano, Engel, Julien, Petronelli, Pasca, Zartman, Charles Eugene, Killeen, Timothy J., Vasquez, Rodolfo, Mostacedo, Bonifacio, Assis, Rafael L., Schongart, Jochen, Castellanos, Hernan, de Medeiros, Marcelo Brilhante, Simon, Marcelo Fragomeni, Andrade, Ana, Camargo, Jose Luis, Demarchi, Layon O., Laurance, William F., Laurance, Susan G. W., de Sousa Farias, Emanuelle, Lopes, Maria Aparecida, Magalhaes, Jose Leonardo Lima, Nascimento, Henrique Eduardo Mendonca, de Queiroz, Helder Lima, Aymard, Gerardo A. C., Brienen, Roel, Revilla, Juan David Cardenas, Costa, Flavia R. C., Quaresma, Adriano, Vieira, Ima Celia Guimaraes, Cintra, Bruno Barcante Ladvocat, Stevenson, Pablo R., Feitosa, Yuri Oliveira, Duivenvoorden, Joost F., Mogollon, Hugo F., Ferreira, Leandro Valle, Comiskey, James A., Draper, Freddie, de Toledo, Jose Julio, Damasco, Gabriel, Davila, Nallarett, Garcia-Villacorta, Roosevelt, Lopes, Aline, Vicentini, Alberto, Noronha, Janaina Costa, Barbosa, Flavia Rodrigues, de Sa Carpanedo, Rainiellen, Emilio, Thaise, Levis, Carolina, de Jesus Rodrigues, Domingos, Schietti, Juliana, Souza, Priscila, Alonso, Alfonso, Dallmeier, Francisco, Gomes, Vitor H. F., Lloyd, Jon, Neill, David, de Aguiar, Daniel Praia Portela, Araujo-Murakami, Alejandro, Arroyo, Luzmila, Carvalho, Fernanda Antunes, de Souza, Fernanda Coelho, do Amaral, Dario Dantas, Feeley, Kenneth J., Gribel, Rogerio, Pansonato, Marcelo Petratti, Barlow, Jos, Berenguer, Erika, Ferreira, Joice, Fine, Paul V. A., Guedes, Marcelino Carneiro, Jimenez, Eliana M., Licona, Juan Carlos, Mora, Maria Cristina Penuela, Peres, Carlos A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1588-8765, Zegarra, Boris Eduardo Villa, Ceron, Carlos, Henkel, Terry W., Maas, Paul, Silveira, Marcos, Stropp, Juliana, Thomas-Caesar, Raquel, Baker, Tim R., Daly, Doug, Dexter, Kyle G., Householder, John Ethan, Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Isau, Pennington, Toby, Paredes, Marcos Rios, Fuentes, Alfredo, Pena, Jose Luis Marcelo, Silman, Miles R., Tello, J. Sebastian, Chave, Jerome, Valverde, Fernando Cornejo, Di Fiore, Anthony, Hilario, Renato Richard, Phillips, Juan Fernando, Rivas-Torres, Gonzalo, van Andel, Tinde R., von Hildebrand, Patricio, Barbosa, Edelcilio Marques, de Matos Bonates, Luiz Carlos, Doza, Hilda Paulette Davila, Fonty, Emile, Gomez, Ricardo Zarate, Gonzales, Therany, Gonzales, George Pepe Gallardo, Guillaumet, Jean-Louis, Hoffman, Bruce, Junqueira, Andre Braga, Malhi, Yadvinder, de Andrade Miranda, Ires Paula, Pinto, Linder Felipe Mozombite, Prieto, Adriana, Rudas, Agustin, Ruschel, Ademir R., Silva, Natalino, Vela, Cesar I. A., Vos, Vincent Antoine, Zent, Eglee L., Zent, Stanford, Albuquerque, Bianca Weiss, Cano, Angela, Correa, Diego F., Costa, Janaina Barbosa Pedrosa, Flores, Bernardo Monteiro, Holmgren, Milena, Nascimento, Marcelo Trindade, Oliveira, Alexandre A., Ramirez-Angulo, Hirma, Rocha, Maira, Scudeller, Veridiana Vizoni, Sierra, Rodrigo, Tirado, Milton, Umana, Maria Natalia, van der Heijden, Geertje, Torre, Emilio Vilanova, Vriesendorp, Corine, Wang, Ophelia, Young, Kenneth R., Reategui, Manuel Augusto Ahuite, Baider, Claudia, Balslev, Henrik, Cardenas, Sasha, Casas, Luisa Fernanda, Farfan-Rios, William, Ferreira, Cid, Linares-Palomino, Reynaldo, Mendoza, Casimiro, Mesones, Italo, Torres-Lezama, Armando, Giraldo, Ligia Estela Urrego, Villarroel, Daniel, Zagt, Roderick, Alexiades, Miguel N., Garcia-Cabrera, Karina, Hernandez, Lionel, Milliken, William, Cuenca, Walter Palacios, Pansini, Susamar, Pauletto, Daniela, Arevalo, Freddy Ramirez, Sampaio, Adeilza Felipe, Sandoval, Elvis H. Valderrama, Gamarra, Luis Valenzuela, Boenisch, Gerhard, Kattge, Jens, Kraft, Nathan, Levesley, Aurora, Melgaco, Karina, Pickavance, Georgia, Poorter, Lourens and ter Steege, Hans (2023) Unraveling Amazon tree community assembly using maximum information entropy: A quantitative analysis of tropical forest ecology. Scientific Reports, 13. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

In a time of rapid global change, the question of what determines patterns in species abundance distribution remains a priority for understanding the complex dynamics of ecosystems. The constrained maximization of information entropy provides a framework for the understanding of such complex systems dynamics by a quantitative analysis of important constraints via predictions using least biased probability distributions. We apply it to over two thousand hectares of Amazonian tree inventories across seven forest types and thirteen functional traits, representing major global axes of plant strategies. Results show that constraints formed by regional relative abundances of genera explain eight times more of local relative abundances than constraints based on directional selection for specific functional traits, although the latter does show clear signals of environmental dependency. These results provide a quantitative insight by inference from large-scale data using cross-disciplinary methods, furthering our understanding of ecological dynamics.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: HtS and RS were supported by grant 407232/2013-3 – PVE - MEC/MCTI/CAPES/CNPq/FAPs; CB was supported by grant FAPESP 95/3058-0 - CRS 068/96 WWF Brasil - The Body Shop; DS, JFM, JE, PP and JC benefited from an “Investissement d’Avenir” grant managed by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (CEBA: ANR-10-LABX-25-01); HLQ/MAP/JLLM received financial supported by MCT/CNPq/CT-INFRA/GEOMA #550373/2010-1 and # 457515/2012-0, and JLLM were supported by grant CAPES/PDSE # 88881.135761/2016-01 and CAPES/Fapespa #1530801; The Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) provided a productivity grant to EMV (Grant 308040/2017-1); Floristic identification in plots in the RAINFOR forest monitoring network have been supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (grants NE/B503384/1, NE/ D01025X/1, NE/I02982X/1, NE/F005806/1, NE/D005590/1 and NE/I028122/1) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; B.M.F. is funded by FAPESP grant 2016/25086-3. BSM, BHMJ and OLP were supported by grants CNPq/CAPES/FAPS/BC-Newton Fund #441244/2016-5 and FAPEMAT/0589267/2016; TWH was funded by National Science Foundation grant DEB-1556338.
Uncontrolled Keywords: rain-forest,functional traits,nitrogen-fixation,seed size,abundance,niche,leaf,disturbance,dispersal,diversity
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2023 11:32
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 09:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92451
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-28132-y

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