Journal Information
Vol. 20. Issue 1.
Pages 1-68 (January - March 2022)
Research letters
Vegetation cover restricts habitat suitability predictions of endemic Brazilian Atlantic Forest birds
Anna Elizabeth de Oliveira-Silva, Augusto João Piratelli, Damaris Zurell, Fernando Rodrigues da Silva
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:1-8

  • Non-climatic variables improve ecological niche models (ENMs).

  • Addition of vegetation cover constrains predicted suitable areas.

  • Estimated areas differ most for birds with high and medium forest dependency.

  • ENM provides useful information to support quick decisions at broad scale.

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Bird taxonomic and functional diversity in urban settlements within a forest biome vary with the landscape matrix
Anahí S. Vaccaro, Julieta Filloy, M. Isabel Bellocq
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:9-17

  • Functional and taxonomic composition of bird assemblages inside cities vary with the surrounding habitat.

  • A landscape matrix mainly composed of native habitat may mitigate the urban impact on native communities.

  • Species and traits turnover was more evident in the agricultural than in the forest landscape matrix.

  • Urban areas should be managed to maintain a forest component and sure successful bird breed.

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Are narrow-ranging species doomed to extinction? Projected dramatic decline in future climate suitability of two highly threatened species
Nicolas Dubos, Frederique Montfort, Clovis Grinand, Marie Nourtier, Gregory Deso, Jean-Michel Probst, Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka, Raphali Rodlis Andriantsimanarilafy, Eddie Fanantenana Rakotondrasoa, Pierre Razafindraibe, Richard Jenkins, Angelica Crottini
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:18-28

  • The impact of future climate change on narrow-ranging species is poorly documented.

  • We used a combination of techniques and high-resolution predictors to fill this gap.

  • We predict a complete extirpation of suitable conditions across their range by 2070.

  • Climate risk may be higher than expected in tropical narrow-ranging species.

  • Proactive conservation actions are needed in tropical heterogeneous environments.

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Macroscale climate change predictions have little influence on landscape-scale habitat suitability
Luara Tourinho, Jayme A. Prevedello, Bruno M. Carvalho, Diogo S.B. Rocha, Mariana M. Vale
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:29-37

  • Climate change is unlikely to modify relative habitat suitability for birds at a landscape scale in the Atlantic Forest (AF).

  • AF landscapes with higher forest cover will remain more suitable regardless of climate change.

  • Predicted impacts of climate change are minor regardless the spatial scale at which climatic suitability is quantified.

  • Most AF landscapes have low habitat suitability for birds due to extensive deforestation.

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Comparative influence of anthropogenic landscape pressures on cause-specific mortality of mammals
Jacob Hill, Travis DeVault, Jerrold Belant
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:38-44

  • We compared the 8 components of the Human Influence Index (HII) on cause-specific mortality of North American mammals.

  • Human population density had greatest positive influence on proportion of anthropogenic mortality.

  • Conservation programs may be enhanced by more strongly considering the effects of human population density to conserve mammal populations.

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Large herbivore-palm interactions modulate the spatial structure of seedling communities and productivity in Neotropical forests
Nacho Villar, Fabiana Rocha-Mendes, Roger Guevara, Mauro Galetti
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:45-59

  • Here we demonstrated that large mammalian herbivores play a fundamental role in plant consumption and trampling.

  • Because large herbivore activities are associated to palm fruit patches, we found that palm-herbivore association is an important component to understand forest productivity.

  • Defaunation and palm harvesting can lead to important changes in forest structure, biomass and diversity in tropical forests.

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Matrix quality and habitat type drive the diversity pattern of forest steppe fragments
Róbert Gallé, Csaba Tölgyesi, Attila Torma, Zoltán Bátori, Gábor Lörinczi, Péter Szilassi, Nikolett Gallé-Szpisjak, Hardeep Kaur, Tímea Makra, Gábor Módra, Péter Batáry
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:60-8

  • Small forest-steppe parches are embedded in pine plantation matrix in Central-Europe.

  • Species turnover was higher for steppes than for forests, steppes are more isolated.

  • Habitat type, fragments size and matrix quality affects plants spiders and ants.

  • The habitat-specific matrix quality effects call for a situation-specific management.

  • Establishing native tree plantation and extensive grasslands conserve the biota.

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