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FORUM: Ecological networks: the missing links in biomonitoring science.

Gray, Clare and Baird, Donald J and Baumgartner, Simone and Jacob, Ute and Jenkins, Gareth B and O'Gorman, Eoin J and Lu, Xueke and Ma, Athen and Pocock, Michael JO and Schuwirth, Nele and Thompson, Murray and Woodward, Guy (2014) 'FORUM: Ecological networks: the missing links in biomonitoring science.' Journal of Applied Ecology, 51 (5). pp. 1444-1449. ISSN 0021-8901

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Abstract

Monitoring anthropogenic impacts is essential for managing and conserving ecosystems, yet current biomonitoring approaches lack the tools required to deal with the effects of stressors on species and their interactions in complex natural systems.Ecological networks (trophic or mutualistic) can offer new insights into ecosystem degradation, adding value to current taxonomically constrained schemes. We highlight some examples to show how new network approaches can be used to interpret ecological responses.<i>Synthesis and applications</i>. Augmenting routine biomonitoring data with interaction data derived from the literature, complemented with ground-truthed data from direct observations where feasible, allows us to begin to characterise large numbers of ecological networks across environmental gradients. This process can be accelerated by adopting emerging technologies and novel analytical approaches, enabling biomonitoring to move beyond simple pass/fail schemes and to address the many ecological responses that can only be understood from a network-based perspective.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropogenic stress; climate change; conservation; food web; global warming; mutualism; pollination
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2022 17:32
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:37
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29352

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