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Butterflies in Swedish grasslands benefit from forest and respond to landscape composition at different spatial scales
Dienstag, 13. November 2018
Abstract Context Loss and fragmentation of semi-natural grasslands has critically affected many butterfly species in Europe. Habitat area and isolation can have strong effects on the local biodiversity but species may also be strongly affected by the surrounding matrix. Objectives We explored how different land cover types in the landscape explained the...
Physical drivers of seagrass spatial configuration: the role of thresholds
Dienstag, 13. November 2018
Abstract Context Seagrass landscapes vary substantially in extent and pattern, resulting from depth zonation and hydrodynamic stress gradients and may exhibit threshold behavior in response to changes in physical drivers. Seagrass landscapes persist in a delicate balance between processes of disturbance and recovery and therefore may exhibit behavior typical of classic critical systems...
Scale-specific land cover thresholds for conservation of stream invertebrate communities in agricultural landscapes
Samstag, 10. November 2018
Abstract Context In agricultural landscapes, riparian forests are used as a management tool to protect stream ecosystems from agricultural activities. However, the ability of managers to target stream protection actions is limited by incomplete knowledge of scale-specific effects of agriculture in riparian corridor and catchment areas. Objectives We...
Vegetative and geomorphic complexity at tributary junctions on the Colorado and Dolores Rivers: a blueprint for riparian restoration
Freitag, 09. November 2018
Abstract Context Habitat complexity in rivers is linked to dynamic fluvial conditions acting at various spatial scales. On regulated rivers in the western United States, tributaries are regions of high energy and disturbance, providing important resource inputs for riparian ecosystems. Objectives This study investigated spatial patterns and extents of...
Landscape patterns and diversity of meadow plants and flower-visitors in a mountain landscape
Freitag, 09. November 2018
Abstract Context Wild flowering plants and their wild insect visitors are of great importance for pollination. Montane meadows are biodiversity hotspots for flowering plants and pollinators, but they are contracting due to tree invasion. Objectives This study quantified flowering plants and their flower-visitor species in montane meadows in the western...
An early synthesis of the habitat amount hypothesis
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context The ecological literature is filled with studies highlighting the importance of both habitat loss and fragmentation on biodiversity. The patch concept has been central to these findings, being also at the heart of many ecological theories. Recently, the habitat amount hypothesis has been proposed as an alternative, where the patch concept is put to a rest, and both patch size and patch isolation effects on...
Can we face different types of storms under the same umbrella? Efficiency and consistency of connectivity umbrellas across different patchy landscape patterns
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context The umbrella approach applied to landscape connectivity is based on the principle that the conservation or restoration of the dispersal habitats for some species also can facilitate the movement of others. Species traits alone do not seem to be enough to identify good connectivity umbrella species, showing the need to investigate the influence of additional factors on this property...
Topographic variation in the climatic change response of a larch forest in Northeastern China
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Due to the spatial heterogeneity of the disturbance regimes and community assemblages along topoclimatic gradients, the response of forest ecosystem to climate change varies at the landscape scale. Objectives Our objective was to quantify the possible changes in forest ecosystems and the relative effects of climate warming and...
Impacts of shaded agroforestry management on carbon sequestration, biodiversity and farmers income in cocoa production landscapes
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Purpose Conversion of shaded agroforests to unshaded monocultures endangers the resilience of tropical landscapes. Landscape-scale impacts of alternative shade managements have rarely been assessed. This study explored plantation- and landscape-level impacts of different shade management strategies on aboveground biomass, functional group diversity, and economic potential of cocoa production in northern Ecuador...
Effects of large-scale wetland loss on network connectivity of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context The Rainwater Basin region in south-central Nebraska supports a complex network of spatially-isolated wetlands that harbor diverse floral and faunal communities. Since European settlement, many wetlands have been lost from the network, which has increased distances among remaining wetlands. As a result, populations of wildlife species with limited dispersal capabilities may have become isolated and face greater...
Setting conservation priorities in cities: approaches, targets and planning units adapted to wetland biodiversity and ecosystem services
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Protecting wetlands in cities is challenging. A cost-effective spatial prioritization approach taking into account stakeholder motivations is needed to identify wetlands of conservation interest. Objectives This study aims to optimize the efficiency of a systematic conservation planning (SCP) approach to protect nine urban...
Drivers of forest fire occurrence in the cultural landscape of Central Europe
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Wildfires in temperate Central Europe have traditionally been perceived as a mere consequence of human activity without any relevance to natural forest development, despite their documented frequent occurrence. As a result, knowledge about local fire ecology and patterns of wildfire occurrence in the landscape is lacking. Objectives...
Loss and fragmentation of mature woodland reduce the habitat niche breadth of forest birds
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Habitat loss and fragmentation may alter habitat occupancy patterns, for example through a reduction in regional abundance or in functional connectivity, which in turn may reduce the number of dispersers or their ability to prospect for territories. Yet, the relationship between landscape structure and habitat niche remains poorly known. Objectives...
Microhabitat conditions and landscape pattern explain nocturnal rodent activity, but not seed removal, in burned and unburned lodgepole pine forests
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Disturbances create spatial variation in environments that may influence animal foraging. Granivory by rodents can influence seed supply and thus plant establishment. However, effects of disturbance patterns on rodent seed removal in western North American conifer forests are generally unknown. Objectives We conducted a study...
Contemporary spatial and environmental factors determine vascular plant species richness on highly fragmented meadows in Central Finland
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Habitat loss is a major threat to biodiversity. It can create temporal lags in decline of species in relation to destruction of habitat coverage. Plant species specialized in semi-natural grasslands, especially meadows, often express such extinction debt. Objectives We studied habitat loss and fragmentation of meadows and examined whether...
Habitat amount and quality, not patch size, determine persistence of a woodland-dependent mammal in an agricultural landscape
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context The classical theory of island biogeography explains loss of species in fragmented landscapes as an effect of remnant patch size and isolation. Recently this has been challenged by the habitat amount and habitat continuum hypotheses, according to which persistence in modified landscapes is related to total habitat amount rather than habitat configuration or the ability of species to use all habitats to varying...
Characterizing combined fire and insect outbreak disturbance regimes in British Columbia, Canada
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Fires and insect outbreaks are important agents of forest landscape change, but the classification and distribution of these combined processes remain unstudied aspects of forest disturbance regimes. Objectives We sought to map areas of land characterized by homogenous fire regime (HFR) attributes and by distinctive...
Host functional connectivity and the spread potential of Lyme disease
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context In the ecology of Lyme disease emergence, it remains unclear to what extent spread of the tick vector (Ixodes scapularis) and the pathogen (Borrelia burgdorferi) are dependent upon the dispersal of vertebrate hosts in spatially heterogeneous landscapes. Yet, empirical measure of these complex ecologically driven spread processes present conceptual and methodological challenges despite important public health...
Towards functional biodiversity predictions: a hierarchical modelling framework from primary productivity to biomass of upper trophic levels
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Current shifts in biodiversity are driven by multiple processes of environmental and landscape change. Particularly, land use/land cover (LU/LC) dynamics are among the major drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide. Objectives In this study we aim to explore the applicability of a new modelling framework to predict top predators’ responses...
Behavioral and social mechanisms behind pattern formation: an experimental study of animal movement
Donnerstag, 01. November 2018
Abstract Context Although animal movement behaviors are influenced by spatial heterogeneity, such behaviors can also generate spatial heterogeneity via interactions with the emergent spatial structure and other individuals (i.e., the social landscape). Objective Elucidate the behavioral and ecological mechanisms of pattern formation in a...