Apr 23, 2020

Simplicity in numbers: Implications of diversity for the community Bioturbation Potential (BPc)

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Andreas Neumann, A. Wrede


The mobility of particles and solutes within aquatic sediment is substantially impacted by faunal bioturbation activities such as bioirrigation and sediment reworking. The non-quantitative community bioturbation potential (BPc) aims to estimate the potential of a given benthic community for bioturbation activities, based on the functional traits of the species within that community. We argue that in sufficiently diverse communities, the characteristics of individual species, expressed as traits scores, average each other out, and approach a universal constant. This enables to derive a simpler community bioturbation potential (BPs), which may be applied in cases when taxonomic expertise or trait data are not available. As a proof of concept, we evaluated a dataset of 84 benthos assemblages, and found a high degree of agreement of full BPc and simplified BPs.

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