Stable isotopes are quantitative indicators of trophic niche

Harry Marshall, Richard Inger, Andrew L. Jackson, Robbie A. McDonald, Faye J. Thompson, Michael A. Cant

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Abstract

Hette‐Tronquart (2019, Ecol. Lett.) raises three concerns about our interpretation of stable isotope data in Sheppard et al. (2018, Ecol. Lett., 21, 665). We feel that these concerns are based on comparisons that are unreasonable or ignore the ecological context from which the data were collected. Stable isotope ratios provide a quantitative indication of, rather than being exactly equivalent to, trophic niche.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcology Letters
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2019

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