Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering?

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Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering? / Elo, Merja; Kajanus, Mira H.; Tolvanen, Jere; Devictor, Vincent; Forsman, Jukka T.; Lehikoinen, Aleksi; Monkkonen, Mikko; Thorson, James T.; Vollstadt, Maximilian G. R.; Kivela, Sami M.

In: Journal of Biogeography, 03.11.2022.

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Elo, M, Kajanus, MH, Tolvanen, J, Devictor, V, Forsman, JT, Lehikoinen, A, Monkkonen, M, Thorson, JT, Vollstadt, MGR & Kivela, SM 2022, 'Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering?', Journal of Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14520

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Elo, M., Kajanus, M. H., Tolvanen, J., Devictor, V., Forsman, J. T., Lehikoinen, A., Monkkonen, M., Thorson, J. T., Vollstadt, M. G. R., & Kivela, S. M. (2022). Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering? Journal of Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14520

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Elo M, Kajanus MH, Tolvanen J, Devictor V, Forsman JT, Lehikoinen A et al. Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering? Journal of Biogeography. 2022 Nov 3. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14520

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Elo, Merja ; Kajanus, Mira H. ; Tolvanen, Jere ; Devictor, Vincent ; Forsman, Jukka T. ; Lehikoinen, Aleksi ; Monkkonen, Mikko ; Thorson, James T. ; Vollstadt, Maximilian G. R. ; Kivela, Sami M. / Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering?. In: Journal of Biogeography. 2022.

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title = "Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering?",
abstract = "Aim There has been a wide interest in the effect of biotic interactions on species' occurrences and abundances at large spatial scales, coupled with a vast development of the statistical methods to study them. Still, evidence for whether the effects of within-trophic-level biotic interactions (e.g. competition and heterospecific attraction) are discernible beyond local scales remains inconsistent. Here, we present a novel hypothesis-testing framework based on joint dynamic species distribution models and functional trait similarity to dissect between environmental filtering and biotic interactions. Location France and Finland. Taxon Birds. Methods We estimated species-to-species associations within a trophic level, independent of the main environmental variables (mean temperature and total precipitation) for common species at large spatial scale with joint dynamic species distribution (a multivariate spatiotemporal delta model) models. We created hypotheses based on species' functionality (morphological and/or diet dissimilarity) and habitat preferences about the sign and strength of the pairwise spatiotemporal associations to estimate the extent to which they result from biotic interactions (competition, heterospecific attraction) and/or environmental filtering. Results Spatiotemporal associations were mostly positive (80%), followed by random (15%), and only 5% were negative. Where detected, negative spatiotemporal associations in different communities were due to a few species. The relationship between spatiotemporal association and functional dissimilarity among species was negative, which fulfils the predictions of both environmental filtering and heterospecific attraction. Main conclusions We showed that processes leading to species aggregation (mixture between environmental filtering and heterospecific attraction) seem to dominate assembly rules, and we did not find evidence for competition. Altogether, our hypothesis-testing framework based on joint dynamic species distribution models and functional trait similarity is beneficial in ecological interpretation of species-to-species associations from data covering several decades and biogeographical regions.",
keywords = "competition, functional traits, heterospecific attraction, joint dynamic species distribution models, macroecology, VAST, HETEROSPECIFIC ATTRACTION, SPECIES INTERACTIONS, FITNESS CONSEQUENCES, HABITAT SELECTION, INFORMATION USE, MIGRANT, MODELS, TIME, DISTRIBUTIONS, ASSEMBLAGES",
author = "Merja Elo and Kajanus, {Mira H.} and Jere Tolvanen and Vincent Devictor and Forsman, {Jukka T.} and Aleksi Lehikoinen and Mikko Monkkonen and Thorson, {James T.} and Vollstadt, {Maximilian G. R.} and Kivela, {Sami M.}",
year = "2022",
month = nov,
day = "3",
doi = "10.1111/jbi.14520",
language = "English",
journal = "Journal of Biogeography",
issn = "0305-0270",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",

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RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Do large-scale associations in birds imply biotic interactions or environmental filtering?

AU - Elo, Merja

AU - Kajanus, Mira H.

AU - Tolvanen, Jere

AU - Devictor, Vincent

AU - Forsman, Jukka T.

AU - Lehikoinen, Aleksi

AU - Monkkonen, Mikko

AU - Thorson, James T.

AU - Vollstadt, Maximilian G. R.

AU - Kivela, Sami M.

PY - 2022/11/3

Y1 - 2022/11/3

N2 - Aim There has been a wide interest in the effect of biotic interactions on species' occurrences and abundances at large spatial scales, coupled with a vast development of the statistical methods to study them. Still, evidence for whether the effects of within-trophic-level biotic interactions (e.g. competition and heterospecific attraction) are discernible beyond local scales remains inconsistent. Here, we present a novel hypothesis-testing framework based on joint dynamic species distribution models and functional trait similarity to dissect between environmental filtering and biotic interactions. Location France and Finland. Taxon Birds. Methods We estimated species-to-species associations within a trophic level, independent of the main environmental variables (mean temperature and total precipitation) for common species at large spatial scale with joint dynamic species distribution (a multivariate spatiotemporal delta model) models. We created hypotheses based on species' functionality (morphological and/or diet dissimilarity) and habitat preferences about the sign and strength of the pairwise spatiotemporal associations to estimate the extent to which they result from biotic interactions (competition, heterospecific attraction) and/or environmental filtering. Results Spatiotemporal associations were mostly positive (80%), followed by random (15%), and only 5% were negative. Where detected, negative spatiotemporal associations in different communities were due to a few species. The relationship between spatiotemporal association and functional dissimilarity among species was negative, which fulfils the predictions of both environmental filtering and heterospecific attraction. Main conclusions We showed that processes leading to species aggregation (mixture between environmental filtering and heterospecific attraction) seem to dominate assembly rules, and we did not find evidence for competition. Altogether, our hypothesis-testing framework based on joint dynamic species distribution models and functional trait similarity is beneficial in ecological interpretation of species-to-species associations from data covering several decades and biogeographical regions.

AB - Aim There has been a wide interest in the effect of biotic interactions on species' occurrences and abundances at large spatial scales, coupled with a vast development of the statistical methods to study them. Still, evidence for whether the effects of within-trophic-level biotic interactions (e.g. competition and heterospecific attraction) are discernible beyond local scales remains inconsistent. Here, we present a novel hypothesis-testing framework based on joint dynamic species distribution models and functional trait similarity to dissect between environmental filtering and biotic interactions. Location France and Finland. Taxon Birds. Methods We estimated species-to-species associations within a trophic level, independent of the main environmental variables (mean temperature and total precipitation) for common species at large spatial scale with joint dynamic species distribution (a multivariate spatiotemporal delta model) models. We created hypotheses based on species' functionality (morphological and/or diet dissimilarity) and habitat preferences about the sign and strength of the pairwise spatiotemporal associations to estimate the extent to which they result from biotic interactions (competition, heterospecific attraction) and/or environmental filtering. Results Spatiotemporal associations were mostly positive (80%), followed by random (15%), and only 5% were negative. Where detected, negative spatiotemporal associations in different communities were due to a few species. The relationship between spatiotemporal association and functional dissimilarity among species was negative, which fulfils the predictions of both environmental filtering and heterospecific attraction. Main conclusions We showed that processes leading to species aggregation (mixture between environmental filtering and heterospecific attraction) seem to dominate assembly rules, and we did not find evidence for competition. Altogether, our hypothesis-testing framework based on joint dynamic species distribution models and functional trait similarity is beneficial in ecological interpretation of species-to-species associations from data covering several decades and biogeographical regions.

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KW - functional traits

KW - heterospecific attraction

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KW - macroecology

KW - VAST

KW - HETEROSPECIFIC ATTRACTION

KW - SPECIES INTERACTIONS

KW - FITNESS CONSEQUENCES

KW - HABITAT SELECTION

KW - INFORMATION USE

KW - MIGRANT

KW - MODELS

KW - TIME

KW - DISTRIBUTIONS

KW - ASSEMBLAGES

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DO - 10.1111/jbi.14520

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