Communities are the emergent outcome of individual-level trait–environment interactions. In this issue of the Journal of Vegetation Science, Ibanez et al. utilize an impressive data set from New Caledonia to demonstrate how the interaction of climatic axes drives the distribution and diversity of wood density in tree communities. Here, we discuss their specific findings and their broader implications for trait-based ecology.
Journal of Vegetation Science
Spatial Patterns of Demography
Tree crown overlap improves predictions of the functional neighbourhood effects on tree survival and growth
Article published in Journal of Ecology
Local neighbourhood and regional climatic contexts interact to explain tree performance
Article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences