Movers and stayers: Novel assemblages in changing environments

Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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How species will respond to ongoing climate and other change is of increasing concern.

Most attention is given to how species move or are moved, but many species stay.

Understanding the dynamics of new species combinations is essential for successful conservation in a changing climate.

Increased attention to species movement in response to environmental change highlights the need to consider changes in species distributions and altered biological assemblages. Such changes are well known from paleoecological studies, but have accelerated with ongoing pervasive human influence. In addition to species that move, some species will stay put, leading to an array of novel interactions. Species show a variety of responses that can allow movement or persistence. Conservation and restoration actions have traditionally focused on maintaining or returning species in particular places, but increasingly also include interventions that facilitate movement. Approaches are required that incorporate the fluidity of biotic assemblages into the goals set and interventions deployed.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Movers and stayers: Novel assemblages in changing environments
Series title Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2017.11.001
Volume 33
Issue 2
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Southwest Climate Science Center
Description 13 p.
First page 116
Last page 128
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