Towards an applied metaecology

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Schiesari , L , Matias , M G , Prado , P I , Leibold , M A , Albert , C H , Howeth , J G , Leroux , S J , Pardini , R , Siqueira , T , Brancalion , P H S , Cabeza , M , Coutinho , R M , Felizola Diniz-Filho , J A , Fournier , B , Lahr , D J G , Lewinsohn , T M , Martins , A , Morsello , C , Peres-Neto , P R , Pillar , V D & Vazquez , D P 2019 , ' Towards an applied metaecology ' , Perspectives in ecology and conservation , vol. 17 , no. 4 , pp. 172-181 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecon.2019.11.001

Title: Towards an applied metaecology
Author: Schiesari, Luis; Matias, Miguel G.; Prado, Paulo Inacio; Leibold, Mathew A.; Albert, Cecile H.; Howeth, Jennifer G.; Leroux, Shawn J.; Pardini, Renata; Siqueira, Tadeu; Brancalion, Pedro H. S.; Cabeza, Mar; Coutinho, Renato Mendes; Felizola Diniz-Filho, Jose Alexandre; Fournier, Bertrand; Lahr, Daniel J. G.; Lewinsohn, Thomas M.; Martins, Ayana; Morsello, Carla; Peres-Neto, Pedro R.; Pillar, Valerio D.; Vazquez, Diego P.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2019-10
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Perspectives in ecology and conservation
ISSN: 2530-0644
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313632
Abstract: The complexity of ecological systems is a major challenge for practitioners and decision-makers who work to avoid, mitigate and manage environmental change. Here, we illustrate how metaecology - the study of spatial interdependencies among ecological systems through fluxes of organisms, energy, and matter - can enhance understanding and improve managing environmental change at multiple spatial scales. We present several case studies illustrating how the framework has leveraged decision-making in conservation, restoration and risk management. Nevertheless, an explicit incorporation of metaecology is still uncommon in the applied ecology literature, and in action guidelines addressing environmental change. This is unfortunate because the many facets of environmental change can be framed as modifying spatial context, connectedness and dominant regulating processes - the defining features of metaecological systems. Narrowing the gap between theory and practice will require incorporating system-specific realism in otherwise predominantly conceptual studies, as well as deliberately studying scenarios of environmental change. (C) 2019 Associacao Brasileira de Ciencia Ecologica e Conservacao. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda.
Subject: Ecology
Applied ecology
Conservation
Metapopulation
Metacommunity
Metaecosystem
META-ECOSYSTEMS
BIODIVERSITY
SCALE
RESTORATION
DISPERSAL
PATTERNS
STREAMS
METACOMMUNITIES
CONNECTIVITY
CONSERVATION
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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