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We thank P. Papper for help with data collection, S. Veloz and T. Dawson for comments that improved this manuscript, and M. Schildhauer for discussions on ecological metadata language. N.M.H. acknowledges support from a Villum Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF96) for support to the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate. The research was further supported by NSF Research Grants to A.H.T. (DEB-1354552) and S.N.S. (DBI-1523866), and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Grants to M.F.O. (#DGE-1106400), M.M.K., and R.L.O. (#1049702).

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  1. Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

    • Naia Morueta-Holme
    • , Meagan F. Oldfather
    • , Rachael L. Olliff-Yang
    • , Andrew P. Weitz
    • , Matthew M. Kling
    • , Seema N. Sheth
    • , Andrew H. Thornhill
    •  & David D. Ackerly
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    • Naia Morueta-Holme
  3. Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

    • Carrie R. Levine
  4. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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  5. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

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N.M.H., M.F.O., R.L.O., A.P.W., C.R.L., M.M.K., E.C.R., C.M. and D.D.A. designed the study. N.M.H., M.F.O., R.L.O., A.P.W., C.R.L., S.N.S., M.M.K., E.C.R., C.M. and A.H.T. collected the data. N.M.H. analysed the data, and wrote the paper with D.D.A. M.M.K. and C.M. contributed to analysis and data visualizations. All authors contributed to editing of the manuscript.

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