DSpace Repository

Differences among Major Taxa in the Extent of Ecological Knowledge across Four Major Ecosystems

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Fisher, Rebecca en
dc.contributor.author Knowlton, Nancy en
dc.contributor.author Brainard, Russell E. en
dc.contributor.author Caley, M. Julian en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-27T12:27:40Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-27T12:27:40Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Fisher, Rebecca, Knowlton, Nancy, Brainard, Russell E., and Caley, M. Julian. 2011. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/21463">Differences among Major Taxa in the Extent of Ecological Knowledge across Four Major Ecosystems</a>." <em>PLoS ONE</em>. 6 (11):e26556&ndash;8. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0026556">https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0026556</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/21463
dc.description.abstract Existing knowledge shapes our understanding of ecosystems and is critical for ecosystem-based management of the world&#39;s natural resources. Typically this knowledge is biased among taxa, with some taxa far better studied than others, but the extent of this bias is poorly known. In conjunction with the publically available World Registry of Marine Species database (WoRMS) and one of the world&#39;s premier electronic scientific literature databases (Web of Science®), a text mining approach is used to examine the distribution of existing ecological knowledge among taxa in coral reef, mangrove, seagrass and kelp bed ecosystems. We found that for each of these ecosystems, most research has been limited to a few groups of organisms. While this bias clearly reflects the perceived importance of some taxa as commercially or ecologically valuable, the relative lack of research of other taxonomic groups highlights the problem that some key taxa and associated ecosystem processes they affect may be poorly understood or completely ignored. The approach outlined here could be applied to any type of ecosystem for analyzing previous research effort and identifying knowledge gaps in order to improve ecosystem-based conservation and management. en
dc.relation.ispartof PLoS ONE en
dc.title Differences among Major Taxa in the Extent of Ecological Knowledge across Four Major Ecosystems en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 109286
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0026556
rft.jtitle PLoS ONE
rft.volume 6
rft.issue 11
rft.spage e26556
rft.epage 8
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Invertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage e26556
dc.citation.epage 8

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search DSpace


My Account