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  • Dataset
    Marsh consumer diversity effects on multifunctionality from experiments conducted by manipulating the presence of crabs, snails, and fungus in Spartina plots on Sapelo Island, Georgia
    (Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Contact:, 2019-06-12) Hensel, Marc ; Silliman, Brian
    The effect of consumer diversity on the ecosystem functioning of salt marshes on Sapelo Island, Georgia. For a complete list of measurements, refer to the full dataset description in the supplemental file 'Dataset_description.pdf'. The most current version of this dataset is available at:
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    Supporting Spartina: Interdisciplinary perspective shows spartina as a distinct solid genus
    (Ecological Society of America, 2019-09-19) Bortolus, Alejandro ; Adam, Paul ; Adams, Janine B. ; Ainouche, Malika L. ; Ayres, Debra ; Bertness, Mark D. ; Bouma, Tjeerd J. ; Bruno, John F. ; Caçador, Isabel ; Carlton, James T. ; Castillo, Jesus M. ; Costa, Cesar S.B. ; Davy, Anthony J. ; Deegan, Linda A. ; Duarte, Bernardo ; Figueroa, Enrique ; Gerwein, Joel ; Gray, Alan J. ; Grosholz, Edwin D. ; Hacker, Sally D. ; Hughes, A. Randall ; Mateos‐Naranjo, Enrique ; Mendelssohn, Irving A. ; Morris, James T. ; Muñoz‐Rodríguez, Adolfo F. ; Nieva, Francisco J.J. ; Levin, Lisa A. ; Li, Bo ; Liu, Wenwen ; Pennings, Steven C. ; Pickart, Andrea ; Redondo‐Gómez, Susana ; Richardson, David M. ; Salmon, Armel ; Schwindt, Evangelina ; Silliman, Brian ; Sotka, Erik E. ; Stace, Clive ; Sytsma, Mark ; Temmerman, Stijn ; Turner, R. Eugene ; Valiela, Ivan ; Weinstein, Michael P. ; Weis, Judith S.
    In 2014, a DNA‐based phylogenetic study confirming the paraphyly of the grass subtribe Sporobolinae proposed the creation of a large monophyletic genus Sporobolus, including (among others) species previously included in the genera Spartina, Calamovilfa, and Sporobolus. Spartina species have contributed substantially (and continue contributing) to our knowledge in multiple disciplines, including ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, biogeography, experimental ecology, biological invasions, environmental management, restoration ecology, history, economics, and sociology. There is no rationale so compelling to subsume the name Spartina as a subgenus that could rival the striking, global iconic history and use of the name Spartina for over 200 yr. We do not agree with the subjective arguments underlying the proposal to change Spartina to Sporobolus. We understand the importance of both the objective phylogenetic insights and of the subjective formalized nomenclature and hope that by opening this debate we will encourage positive feedback that will strengthen taxonomic decisions with an interdisciplinary perspective. We consider that the strongly distinct, monophyletic clade Spartina should simply and efficiently be treated as the genus Spartina.
  • Dataset
    Mean plot-level responses observed in an experiment conducted at Zeke's Island National Estuarine Research Reserve where abundance of the seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla was manipulated to assess impact on multiple ecosystem functions
    (Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Contact:, 2019-08-02) Silliman, Brian ; Ramus, Aaron
    These data represent the time-averaged value of each variable measured monthly in each plot over the course of a 10 month experiment carried out on intertidal mud and sandflats located within the Zeke’s Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (33.95 N, 77.94 W), North Carolina, USA. For a complete list of measurements, refer to the full dataset description in the supplemental file 'Dataset_description.pdf'. The most current version of this dataset is available at: