Migratory animals couple biodiversity and ecosystem functioning world-wide

S. Bauer, B.J. Hoye

Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

1 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122552
JournalScience Magazine
Volume344
Issue number6179
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • international

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Migratory animals couple biodiversity and ecosystem functioning world-wide'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this