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Bridging ecology and conservation: from ecological networks to ecosystem function


Harvey, Eric; Gounand, Isabelle; Ward, Colette L; Altermatt, Florian (2017). Bridging ecology and conservation: from ecological networks to ecosystem function. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2):371-379.

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1. Current approaches to conservation may be inadequate to maintain ecosystem integrity because they are mostly based on rarity status of organisms rather than functional signifi- cance. Alternatively, approaches focusing on the protection of ecological networks lead to more appropriate conservation targets to maintain ecosystem integrity.
2. We propose that a shift in focus from species to interaction networks is necessary to achieve pressing conservation management and restoration ecology goals of conserving biodi- versity, ecosystem processes and ultimately landscape-scale delivery of ecosystem services.
3. Using topical examples from the literature, we discuss historical and conceptual advances, current challenges and ways to move forward. We also propose a road map to ecological net- work conservation, providing a novel ready to use approach to identify clear conservation targets with flexible data requirements.
4. Synthesis and applications. Integration of how environmental and spatial constraints affect the nature and strength of local interaction networks will improve our ability to predict their response to change and to conserve them. This will better protect species, ecosystem pro- cesses, and the resulting ecosystem services we depend on.

Abstract

Summary
1. Current approaches to conservation may be inadequate to maintain ecosystem integrity because they are mostly based on rarity status of organisms rather than functional signifi- cance. Alternatively, approaches focusing on the protection of ecological networks lead to more appropriate conservation targets to maintain ecosystem integrity.
2. We propose that a shift in focus from species to interaction networks is necessary to achieve pressing conservation management and restoration ecology goals of conserving biodi- versity, ecosystem processes and ultimately landscape-scale delivery of ecosystem services.
3. Using topical examples from the literature, we discuss historical and conceptual advances, current challenges and ways to move forward. We also propose a road map to ecological net- work conservation, providing a novel ready to use approach to identify clear conservation targets with flexible data requirements.
4. Synthesis and applications. Integration of how environmental and spatial constraints affect the nature and strength of local interaction networks will improve our ability to predict their response to change and to conserve them. This will better protect species, ecosystem pro- cesses, and the resulting ecosystem services we depend on.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Uncontrolled Keywords:conservation biology, ecological network, ecosystem functioning, global environmental change, meta-community, meta-ecosystem, restoration, spatial ecology, species interactions
Language:English
Date:April 2017
Deposited On:12 Sep 2017 12:09
Last Modified:12 Sep 2017 12:12
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0021-8901
Funders:E.H, I.G and F.A acknowledge funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation Grant PP00P3_150698, University of Zurich and Eawag.
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12769

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