Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
NCEAS 6980: Borer: Synthesizing intraguild predation theory and data , Borer E , and National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
Multi-system trophic cascade dataset
nceas.181.4 (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org:443/knb/metacat/nceas.181.4/nceas)
General Information:
Title:Multi-system trophic cascade dataset
Identifier:nceas.181
Abstract:
This dataset includes data from 103 studies that measured the indirect trophic effects of predators on plant community biomass. Dataset also includes 20 biological and methodological factors quantified from these 103 studies.

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Organization:NCEAS 6980: Borer: Synthesizing intraguild predation theory and data
Individual: Elizabeth Borer
Organization:NCEAS
Email Address:
borer@nceas.ucsb.edu
Organization:National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: Elizabeth Borer
Organization:NCEAS
Email Address:
borer@nceas.ucsb.edu
Metadata Providers:
Individual: Elizabeth Borer

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:Geographic distribution of the extracted data is global, though most sets are from the USA.
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  -37  degrees
East:  -37  degrees
North:  120  degrees
South:  120  degrees
Time Period:
Date:
2004-03-09

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:  
Description:

Synthesis of existing studies

We collected data from 103 published papers that included some measure of plant community biomass (e.g., g/m2) in the presence and absence of predators. We did not include studies that report only plant species response metrics such as leaf damage, because there is no clear evidence that these measures translate into long-term changes in primary producer biomass. We also tabulated the biological and methodological information provided in each publication as well as other generally available species information (e.g., species mean size).

Data Set Usage Rights

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Access Control:
Auth System:knb
Order:denyFirst
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File