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Ana M. Queirós, Silvana N. R. Birchenough, Julie Bremner, Jasmin A. Godbold, Ruth E. Parker, Alicia Romero-Ramirez, Henning Reiss, Martin Solan, Paul J. Somerfield, Carl Van Colen, Gert Van Hoey and Stephen Widdicombe A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 17 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.769

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Bioturbation, the biogenic modification of sediments, is a key mediator of geochemical processes in marine systems. Where dedicated bioturbation research programs do not exist, community BPc – a functional metric for bioturbation well established in the literature (BPc) – can be calculated from inventories of species, abundance and biomass data (routinely available), and a functional classification of organism traits associated with sediment mixing (less available). Here, the ICES Study Group on Climate Related Benthic Processes in the North Sea offers a standardized functional classification for bioturbation for 1032 NW European marine invertebrate species to estimate BPc, providing a critical review of the strengths and limitations of this functional approach.

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