Addressing trait selection patterns in temporary ponds in response to wildfire disturbance and seasonal succession

Cunillera-Montcusí et al. (2020) – Journal of Animal Ecology, 89:2134-2144.

We examined the relative roles of wildfire disturbance, local conditions and successional dynamics on the assembly of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities in a Mediterranean temporary pond metacommunity. We used the theory of community assembly by trait selection (CATS) to identify traits under selection and to estimate their dependence on wildfire disturbance and environmental gradients. We found that local environmental conditions and successional dynamics had greater relevance in the selection of traits than the wildfire. Our results evidenced the strong relevance of successional changes in trait-mediated assembly mechanisms and its interplay with wildfire disturbance in temporary pond communities.

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