Authors

Sophie Fauset, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Michelle O. Johnson, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Manuel Gloor, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Timothy R. Baker, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Abel Monteagudo M., Jardın Botanico de Missouri - Oxapampa, Peru; Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco - Peru
Roel J. W. Brienen, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Ted R. Feldpausch, University of Exeter - United Kingdom
Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Yadvinder Malhi, University of Oxford - United Kingdom
Hans ter Steege, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre - The Netherlands; Utrecht University - The Netherlands
Nigel C. A. Pitman, The Chicago Field Museum; Duke University
Christopher Baraloto, INRA - France; Florida International University
Julien Engel, CNRS - France
Pascal Petronelli, CIRAD - France
Ana Andrade, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil
Jose Luis C. Camargo, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil
Susan G. W. Laurance, James Cook University - Cairns, Australia
William F. Laurance, James Cook University - Cairns, Australia
Jerome Chave, Universite Paul Sabatier - Toulouse, France
Elodie Allie, UAG - France
Percy Nunez Vargas, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco - Peru
John W. Terborgh, Duke University
Kalle Ruokolainen, University of Turku - Finland
Marcos Silveira, Universidade Federal do Acre - Rio Branco, Brazil
Gerardo A. Aymard C., UNELLEZ-Guanare - Venezuela
Luzmila Arroyo, Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno - Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Damien Bonal, INRA - France
Hirma Ramirez-Angulo, Universidad de Los Andes - Merida, Venezuela
Alejandro Araujo-Murakami, Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno - Santa Cruz, Bolivia
David Neill, Universidad Estatal Amazonica - Puyo, Ecuador
Bruno Herault, CIRAD - France
Aurelie Dourdain, CIRAD - France
Armando Torres-Lezama, Universidad de Los Andes - Merida, Venezuela
Beatriz S. Marimon, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso - Nova Xavantina, Brazil
Rafael P. Salomao, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi - Belem, Brazil
James A. Comiskey, United States National Park Service
Maxime Rejou-Mechain, Universite Paul Sabatier - Toulouse, France
Marisol Toledo, Instituto Boliviano de Investigacion Forestal - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Juan Carlos Licona, Instituto Boliviano de Investigacion Forestal - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Alfred Alarcon, Instituto Boliviano de Investigacion Forestal - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Adriana Prieto, Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogota
Agustin Rudas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogota
Peter J. van der Meer, Wageningen University - The Netherlands; Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences - The Netherlands
Timothy J. Killeen, World Wildlife Fund
Ben-Hur Marimon Jr., Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso - Nova Xavantina, Brazil
Lourens Poorter, Wageningen University - The Netherlands
Rene G. A. Boot, Utrecht University - The Netherlands; Tropenbos International - Wageningen, The Netherlands
Basil Stergios, UNELLEZ-Guanare - Venezuela
Emilio Vilanova Torre, Universidad de Los Andes - Merida, Venezuela
Flavia R. C. Costa, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil
Carolina Levis, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil
Juliana Schietti, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil
Priscila Souza, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil
Nikee Groot, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Eric Arets, Wageningen University - The Netherlands
Victor Chama Moscoso, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco - Peru
Wendeson Castro, Universidade Federal do Acre - Brazil
Euridice N. Honorio Coronado, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Iquitos, Peru
Marielos Pena-Claros, Instituto Boliviano de Investigacion Forestal - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; Wageningen University - The Netherlands
Clement Stahl, CIRAD - France; INRA - France
Jorcely Barroso, Universidade Federal do Acre - Rio Branco, Brazil
Joey Talbot, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Ima Celia Guimaraes Vieira, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi - Belem, Brazil
Geertje van der Heijden, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Smithsonian Institution
Raquel Thomas, Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development - Riberalta, Bolivia
Vincent A. Vos, Universidad Autonama del Beni - Riberalta, Bolivia; Centro de Investigacion y Promocion del Campesinado Norte Amazanico - Riberalta, Bolivia
Everton C. Almeida, Universidade Federal do Oeste do Para - Santarem, Brazil
Esteban Alvarez Davila, Jardin Botanico de Medellin - Colombia
Luiz E. O. C. Aragao, University of Exeter - United Kingdom; Brazilian National Institute for Space Research
Terry L. Erwin, Smithsonian Institution
Paulo S. Morandi, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso - Nova Xavantina, Brazil
Edmar Almeida de Oliveira, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso - Nova Xavantina, Brazil
Marco B. X. Valadao, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso - Nova Xavantina, Brazil
Roderick J. Zagt, Tropenbos International - Wageningen, The Netherlands
Peter van der Hout, Van der Hout Forestry Consulting - The Netherlands
Patricia Alvarez Loayza, Duke University
John J. Pipoly III, University of Florida-IFAS/Broward County ExtensionFollow
Ophelia Wang, Northern Arizona University
Miguel Alexiades, University of Kent - United Kingdom
Carlos E. Ceron, Universidad Central del Ecuador - Quito
Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco - Peru
Anthony Di Fiore, University of Texas at Austin
Julie Peacock, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Nadir C. Pallqui Camacho, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco - Peru
Ricardo K. Umetsu, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso - Nova Xavantina, Brazil
Plinio Barbosa de Camargo, Universidade de Sao Paulo - Brazil
Robyn J. Burnham, University of Michigan
Rafael Herrera, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas - Caracas, Venezuela; ReforeST Group - Valencia, Spain
Carlos A. Quesada, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil
Juliana Stropp, Institute for Environment and Sustainability - Ispra, Italy
Simone A. Vieira, Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Brazil
Marc Steininger, Conservation International
Carlos Reynel Rodriguez, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina - Lima, Peru
Zorayda Restrepo, Jardin Botanico de Medellin - Colombia
Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Simon L. Lewis, University of Leeds - United Kingdom; University College London - United Kingdom
Georgia C. Pickavance, University of Leeds - United Kingdom
Oliver L. Phillips, University of Leeds - United Kingdom

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-28-2015

Publication Title

Nature Communications

ISSN

2041-1723

Volume

6

Issue/No.

6857

First Page

1

Last Page

9

Abstract

While Amazonian forests are extraordinarily diverse, the abundance of trees is skewed strongly towards relatively few ‘hyperdominant’ species. In addition to their diversity, Amazonian trees are a key component of the global carbon cycle, assimilating and storing more carbon than any other ecosystem on Earth. Here we ask, using a unique data set of 530 forest plots, if the functions of storing and producing woody carbon are concentrated in a small number of tree species, whether the most abundant species also dominate carbon cycling, and whether dominant species are characterized by specific functional traits. We find that dominance of forest function is even more concentrated in a few species than is dominance of tree abundance, with only ≈1% of Amazon tree species responsible for 50% of carbon storage and productivity. Although those species that contribute most to biomass and productivity are often abundant, species maximum size is also influential, while the identity and ranking of dominant species varies by function and by region.

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Additional Comments

European Union's Seventh Framework Programme #s: 283080 'GEOCARBON', 282664 'AMAZALERT', ERC grant 'Tropical Forests in the Changing Earth System'; NERC Consortium grant #s: 'AMAZONICA' NE/F005806/1, 'TROBI' NE/D005590/1, 'Niche evolution of South American trees' NE/I028122/1; PRONEX—FAPEAM/CNPq grant #: 1600/2006); Universal/CNPq grant #: 473308/2009-6; Fitogeografia da Transicao Amazonia/Cerrado grant #s: CNPq 457602/2012-0, 403725/2012-7; French ANR grant #s: CEBA: ANR-10-LABX-0025, TULIP: ANR-10-LABX-0041; NERC project grant #s: ‘ECOFOR’ NE/K01644X/1, NE/I021160/1; EU FP7 project #: ‘ROBIN’ 283093; Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs grant #: KB-14-003-030

ORCID ID

0000-0002-7977-9496

ResearcherID

C-6533-2012

DOI

10.1038/ncomms7857

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