Identifying Areas of Need in Tropical Research: A Reply to Stroud and Feeley

David A. Clarke, Paul H. York, Michael A. Rasheed, Tobin D. Northfield

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We appreciate the comments from Stroud and Feeley [ 1 ], and are pleased that our article on the lack of tropical studies on biodiversity-ecosystem function [ 2 ] has stimulated discussion on the topic. We agree that biodiversity-ecosystem function research is not the only area of ecology where tropical ecosystems have been understudied. Indeed, this has been an issue of notable importance for some time, and there have been calls for increased tropical research since the 1960s [ 3 ]. More recently there have been calls for more focus on the tropics on issues such as the impact of climate change on tropical forests and their role in climate change mitigation [ 4 ], taxonomic identification [ 5 ], and the importance of tropical forest research for conservation [ 6 ].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628
Number of pages1
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes

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