Ecosystem Consequences of Changing Biodiversity Experimental evidence and a research agenda for the future F. Stuart Chapin Ill, Osvaldo E. Sala, Ingrid c. Burke, J. Phillip Grime, David u. Hooper, William K. Lauenroth, Amanda Lombard, Harold A. Mooney, Arvin R. Mosier, Shahid N aeem, Stephen W. Pacala, Jacques Roy, William L. Steffen, and David Tilman he earth is currently in the Polynesians across the Pacific Islands midst of the sixth major ex during the past 1000-4000 years Changes in biodiversity Ttinction event in the history of resulted in the extinction of approxi life. The causes of earlier extinction mately 2000 bird species (Pimm et can have significant events (e.g., the extinction of dino- al. 1995, Steadman 1995)-15% of the world's avian diversity. Similarly, impacts on ecosystem F. Stuart Chapin (e-mail: fschapin@socrates. European settlement in the Hawai berkeley.edu) is a professor and David U. and landscape processes, ian Islands eliminated 84 plant spe Hooper is a postdoctoral fellow in the cies, almost 10% of the native flora Department of Integrative Biology, Uni both on a day-to-day of the islands, and an additional 133 versity of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. plant species are threatened with ex Osvaldo E. Sala is a
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