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Changes in functional composition and diversity of waterbirds: The roles of water level and submerged macrophytes

Özgencil, İbrahim Kaan
Beklioğlu, Meryem
Özkan, Korhan
Fattorini, Niccolo
Water level and submerged macrophytes are critical players for the functioning of shallow lake ecosystems; understanding how waterbird communities respond to changes in both can have important implications for conservation and management. Here, we evaluated the effects of changes in water level and submerged macrophyte status on wintering waterbird community size, functional group abundances, functional diversity (FD), and community assembly by using a dataset compiled over 50 years.