Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Research article
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07 Feb 2020
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 07 Feb 2020

Dimensions of marine phytoplankton diversity

Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Pedro Cermeno, Oliver Jahn, Michael J. Follows, Anna E. Hickman, Darcy A. A. Taniguchi, and Ben A. Ward


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (02 Dec 2019) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (06 Jan 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (14 Jan 2020) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Stephanie Dutkiewicz on behalf of the Authors (14 Jan 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Phytoplankton are an essential component of the marine food web and earth's carbon cycle. We use observations, ecological theory and a unique trait-based ecosystem model to explain controls on patterns of marine phytoplankton biodiversity. We find that different dimensions of diversity (size classes, biogeochemical functional groups, thermal norms) are controlled by a disparate combination of mechanisms. This may explain why previous studies of phytoplankton diversity had conflicting results.
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