Understanding how community assembly processes drive biodiversity patterns is a central goal of community ecology. While it is generally accepted that ecological communities are assembled by both stochastic and deterministic processes, quantifying their relative importance remains challenging. Few studies have investigated how the relative importance of stochastic and deterministic community assembly processes vary among taxa and along gradients of habitat degradation. Using data on 1645 arthropod species across seven taxonomic groups in Malaysian Borneo, we quantified the importance of ecological stochasticity and of a suite of community assembly processes across a gradient of logging intensity. The relationship between logging and community assembly varied depending on the specific combination of taxa and stochasticity metric used, but, in general, the processes that govern invertebrate community assembly were remarkably robust to changes in land use intensity.

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Granville, Natasha R., Barclay, Maxwell V. L., Boyle, Michael J. W., Chung, Arthur Y. C., Fayle, Tom M., Hah, Huai En, … Ewers, Robert M. (2023). Resilience of tropical invertebrate community assembly processes to a gradient of land use intensity. Oikos, 2023(e10328). doi:10.1111/oik.10328