Objectives

The objective of HISTFUNC is to apply macroecological analyses to provide ground-breaking assessments of large-scale drivers of functional diversity and ecosystem functioning, including effects of diversity on functioning, In particular, it will assess the novel hypothesis that ecosystem functioning is subject to long-term constraints mediated by biodiversity effects and driven by past climate change and other historical factors

Objective 1: Assessment of long-term historical constraints on global and regional patterns in functional diversity of vascular plants, a key producer group ... read more

Objective 2: Assessment of long-term historical constraints on global and regional patterns in functional diversity of mammals, a key consumer group ... read more

Objective 3: Assessment of links between plant and mammal functional diversity and long-term historical constraints thereon ... read more 

Objective 4: Assessment of long-term historical constraints on global and regional patterns in vegetation-related ecosystem functioning ... read more

Objective 5: Assessment of links between ecosystem functioning and diversity of plants and mammals and, and long-term historical constraints hereon ... read more 

Objective 6: Development of a global framework and methodology for predicting spatiotemporal dynamics of vegetation-related ecosystem functioning that accounts for the constraints imposed by long-term biodiversity dynamics ... read more