Journal article

Humans take control of fire-driven diversity changes in Mediterranean Iberia’s vegetation during the mid–late Holocene

S Connor, Boris Vannière, Daniele Colombaroli, R Scott Anderson, José Carrión, Ana Ejarque, Graciela Gil Romera, Penélope González-Sampériz, Dana Hoefer, César Morales-Molino, Jordi Revelles, Heike Schneider, Willem van der Knaap, Jacqueline van Leeuwen, Jessie Woodbridge

The Holocene | SAGE Publications | Published : 2019


Fire regime changes are considered a major threat to future biodiversity in the Mediterranean Basin. Such predictions remain uncertain, given that fire regime changes and their ecological impacts occur over timescales that are too long for direct observation. Here we analyse centennial- and millennial-scale shifts in fire regimes and compositional turnover to track the consequences of fire regime shifts on Mediterranean vegetation diversity. We estimated rate-of-change, richness and compositional turnover (beta diversity) in 13 selected high-resolution palaeoecological records from Mediterranean Iberia and compared these with charcoal-inferred fire regime changes. Event sequence analysis sho..

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Awarded by Leverhulme Trust

Funding Acknowledgements

This study and SEC were supported by the Project of Excellence: GDRI TSEPE led by BV and funded by the Region Bourgogne Franche-Comte through the MSHE C-N Ledoux. This paper was stimulated by a workshop at the Santuari di Lluc, Mallorca, in September 2017, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (grant no. RPG-2015-031).