Movers and stayers: novel assemblages in changing environments

Date: 08, May, 2019
Author(s):   Richard J. Hobbs, Leonie E. Valentine, Rachel J. Standish, Stephen T. Jackson
Publisher: Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Increased attention to species movement in response to environmental change  highlights the need to consider changes in species distributions and altered biological assemblages. Such changes are well known from paleoecological studies, but have accelerated with ongoing pervasive human influence. In addition to species that move, some species will stay put, leading to an array of novel interactions. Species show a variety of responses that can allow movement or persistence. Conservation and restoration actions have traditionally focused on maintaining or returning species in particular places, but increasingly also include interventions that facilitate movement. Approaches are required that incorporate the fluidity of biotic assemblages into the goals set and interventions deployed.