Migratory animals couple biodiversity and ecosystem functioning worldwide

Bauer,S and Hoye,BJ 2014, Migratory animals couple biodiversity and ecosystem functioning worldwide, Science, vol. 344, no. 6179, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1126/science.1242552.

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Title Migratory animals couple biodiversity and ecosystem functioning worldwide
Author(s) Bauer,S
Hoye,BJORCID iD for Hoye,BJ orcid.org/0000-0001-9502-5582
Journal name Science
Volume number 344
Issue number 6179
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0036-8075
1095-9203
Keyword(s) Animal Migration
Animals
Biodiversity
Ecosystem
Food Chain
Herbivory
Parasites
Predatory Behavior
Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
SALMON ONCORHYNCHUS-NERKA
POPULATION REGULATION
ECOLOGICAL NETWORKS
INFECTIOUS-DISEASE
AQUATIC ORGANISMS
ANNUAL-CYCLE
FOOD WEBS
DISPERSAL
DYNAMICS
WATERBIRDS
Summary Animal migrations span the globe, involving immense numbers of individuals from a wide range of taxa. Migrants transport nutrients, energy, and other organisms as they forage and are preyed upon throughout their journeys. These highly predictable, pulsed movements across large spatial scales render migration a potentially powerful yet underappreciated dimension of biodiversity that is intimately embedded within resident communities. We review examples from across the animal kingdom to distill fundamental processes by which migratory animals influence communities and ecosystems, demonstrating that they can uniquely alter energy flow, food-web topology and stability, trophic cascades, and the structure of metacommunities. Given the potential for migration to alter ecological networks worldwide, we suggest an integrative framework through which community dynamics and ecosystem functioning may explicitly consider animal migrations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1126/science.1242552
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30071754

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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