Perspectives on the scientific legacy of J. Philip Grime

Jason D. Fridley, Xiaojuan Liu, Natalia Pérez-Harguindeguy, F. Stuart Chapin, Mick Crawley, Gerlinde De Deyn, Sandra Díaz, James B. Grace, Peter Grubb, Susan Harrison, Sandra Lavorel, Zhimin Liu, Simon Pierce, Bernhard Schmid, Carly Stevens, David A. Wardle, Mark Westoby

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Perhaps as much as any other scientist in the 20th century, J.P. Grime transformed the study of plant ecology and helped shepherd the field toward international prominence as a nexus of ideas related to global environmental change. Editors at the Journal of Ecology asked a group of senior plant ecologists to comment on Grime's scientific legacy. This commentary piece includes individual responses of 14 scientists from around the world attesting to Grime's foundational role in plant functional ecology, including his knack for sparking controversy, his unique approach to theory formulation involving clever experiments and standardized trait measurements of large numbers of species, and the continued impact of his work on ecological science and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1814-1831
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Ecology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Grime's triangle
  • grasslands
  • history of ecology
  • plant functional traits
  • plant strategy theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


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