Measuring biodiversity in any given ecosystem has traditionally started with a count of the existing species. But according to Nature News, researchers like Emmett Duffy, director of the Smithsonian Institution's Tennenbaum Marine Observatories, are starting to think that truly measuring the biodiversity of an ecosystem should involve looking at the diversity of total functional traits present, rather than just counting species.

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