Vive la résistance: reviving resistance for 21st century conservation

Nimmo, D.G., Mac Nally, R., Cunningham, S.C., Haslem, A. and Bennett, A.F. 2015, Vive la résistance: reviving resistance for 21st century conservation, Trends in ecology and evolution, vol. 30, no. 9, pp. 516-523, doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.07.008.

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Title Vive la résistance: reviving resistance for 21st century conservation
Author(s) Nimmo, D.G.
Mac Nally, R.
Cunningham, S.C.
Haslem, A.
Bennett, A.F.
Journal name Trends in ecology and evolution
Volume number 30
Issue number 9
Start page 516
End page 523
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1872-8383
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Evolutionary Biology
Genetics & Heredity
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary Confronted with increasing anthropogenic change, conservation in the 21st century requires a sound understanding of how ecological systems change during disturbance. We highlight the benefits of recognizing two distinct components of change in an ecological unit (i.e., ecosystem, community, population): 'resistance', the ability to withstand disturbance; and 'resilience', the capacity to recover following disturbance. By adopting a 'resistance-resilience' framework, important insights for conservation can be gained into: (i) the key role of resistance in response to persistent disturbance, (ii) the intrinsic attributes of an ecological unit associated with resistance and resilience, (iii) the extrinsic environmental factors that influence resistance and resilience, (iv) mechanisms that confer resistance and resilience, (v) the post-disturbance status of an ecological unit, (vi) the nature of long-term ecological changes, and (vii) policy-relevant ways of communicating the ecological impacts of disturbance processes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2015.07.008
Field of Research 06 Biological Sciences
05 Environmental Sciences
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
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
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