11. Diversity and Ecosystem Function

  1. Eddy van der Maarel2 and
  2. Janet Franklin3
  1. Jan Lepš

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch11

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Lepš, J. (2013) Diversity and Ecosystem Function, in Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition (eds E. van der Maarel and J. Franklin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Community and Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

  2. 3

    School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Arizona, United States

Author Information

  1. University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338881

Online ISBN: 9781118452592



  • ecosystem;
  • diversity;
  • stability;
  • species pool;
  • species co-existence;
  • productivity;
  • species richness;
  • disturbance;
  • variation;
  • resistance


This chapter covers diversity and ecosystem function, with sections on measurement and determination of species diversity, patterns of species richness along gradients, stability, and the causal relationship between diversity and ecosystem functioning.