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 Dr. Marc W. Cadotte is the TD Professor of Urban Forest Conservation and Biology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) as well as Executeive Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology (on sabbatical). At the UTSC, he is head of the Urban Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Lab, which uses modelling, experimental and observational methods to gain insights into dynamics and functioning of ecological communities. Professor Cadotte completed his PhD in 2006 at the University of Tennessee, joined UTSC as an Assistant Professor in 2009 and received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2014. He has been recognized by a number of awards including the Ontario Early Researcher Award, Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, and the UTSC Research Recognition Award in 2015.

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Protecting biodiversity is often a goal of conservation programs, and there are many reasons that governments use to justify spending money on conservation. One commonly stated reason is that biodiversity provides benefits to people. Yet, we actually do not have a very good understanding of the environmental benefits of biodiversity. Importantly, the ability to explain why multispecies assemblages produce greater ecosystem function compared to monocultures has been a central question in the quest to explain biodiversity effects on ecosystem function and services. Species contributions to ecosystem function can be driven by a number of mechanisms that rely on the balance between species competition for shared resources and species differences allowing them to coexist, and these can be approximated with measures of species’ trait and genetic differences. Here, using experimental data from plant assemblages, I show that by understanding how these species’ differences relate to ecosystem function, we can better understand the mechanisms that influence the delivery of ecosystem function. I then relate this understanding to insights on how we should manage biodiversity in urban systems to maximize benefits to human populations.


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