Distance to range edge determines sensitivity to deforestation

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Title: Distance to range edge determines sensitivity to deforestation
Authors: Orme, D
Mayor, S
Dos Anjos, L
Develey, P
Hatfield, J
Morante-Filho, JC
Tylianakis, J
Uezu, A
Banks-Leite, C
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: It is generally assumed that deforestation affects a species consistently across space, however populations near their geographic range edge may exist at their niche limits and therefore be more sensitive to disturbance. We found that both within and across Atlantic Forest bird species, populations are more sensitive to deforestation when near their range edge. In fact, the negative effects of deforestation on bird occurrences switched to positive in the range core (>829 km), in line with Ellenberg’s rule. We show that the proportion of populations at their range core and edge varies across Brazil, suggesting deforestation effects on communities, and hence the most appropriate conservation action, also vary geographically.
Issue Date: 6-May-2019
Date of Acceptance: 27-Mar-2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/69834
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0889-z
ISSN: 2397-334X
Publisher: Nature Research
Start Page: 886
End Page: 891
Journal / Book Title: Nature Ecology and Evolution
Volume: 3
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited 2019
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Funder's Grant Number: NE/K016393/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
ATLANTIC FOREST
SPECIES SENSITIVITY
FRAGMENTATION
CONSERVATION
EXTINCTION
RESPONSES
PREDICTORS
INDICATORS
PATTERNS
BIRDS
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2019-05-06
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Natural Sciences



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