Journal article

A fresh approach reveals how dispersal shapes metacommunity structure in a human-altered landscape

Barbara J Downes, Jill Lancaster, Alena Glaister, William D Bovill

JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

To understand species losses from disturbed landscapes, it is important to distinguish the effects of degraded environmental conditions from those caused by barriers to dispersal between habitat patches. To assess the relative importance of these effects, we developed a new approach using permutation and association tests applied to rank abundance data, using the invertebrate fauna of two rivers in two seasons. Our study streams were Hughes Creek and Seven Creeks, in south-eastern Australia, which have both been degraded by agriculture in downstream sections. We collected benthic invertebrates and also dispersing individuals (drift, terrestrial adults) during two seasons in 2007–2008. Study ..

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