Human-mediated dispersal and the rewiring of spatial networks

Bullock, James M.; Bonte, Dries; Pufal, Gesine; da Silva Carvalho, Carolina; Chapman, Daniel S.; García, Cristina; García, Daniel; Matthysen, Erik; Delgado, Maria Mar. 2018 Human-mediated dispersal and the rewiring of spatial networks. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 33 (12). 958-970.

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Humans fundamentally affect dispersal, directly by transporting individuals and indirectly by altering landscapes and natural vectors. This human-mediated dispersal (HMD) modifies long-distance dispersal, changes dispersal paths, and overall benefits certain species or genotypes while disadvantaging others. HMD is leading to radical changes in the structure and functioning of spatial networks, which are likely to intensify as human activities increase in scope and extent. Here, we provide an overview to guide research into HMD and the resulting rewiring of spatial networks, making predictions about the ecological and evolutionary consequences and how these vary according to spatial scale and the traits of species. Future research should consider HMD holistically, assessing the range of direct and indirect processes to understand the complex impacts on eco-evolutionary dynamics.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0169-5347
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: eco-evolutionary dynamics, green infrastructure, habitat fragmentation, human-altered dispersal, human-vectored dispersal, non-native species
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 19 Nov 2018 13:41 +0 (UTC)

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