We thank Vermeij (2020) for his comments on Saulsbury et al. (2019), which provide an opportunity for us to clarify and expand on some points raised in the original paper. The goal of our study was to evaluate the degree to which relationships between environmental factors and growth rate observed in populations and species can be generalized across the entire bivalve clade. In our view, Vermeij’s idiographic focus on specific examples complements rather than contradicts our nomothetic search for overarching patterns.

We highlight three points of apparent contention where we see no inherent contradiction between Vermeij’s...

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