|Which matrix features affect species movement?
is the aim of the review?
The overall objective is to review evidence that supports (or does not support) the
principles of landscape functional connectivity, by addressing the primary question: "Which landscape features affect species movement and dispersal?" A key
secondary objective is to identify knowledge gaps.
Who's in the review team?
- Amy Eycott (Lead reviewer) - Forest Research, Alice Holt, Farnham, UK
- Kevin Watts
- Lisette Buyung-Ali
- Gavin Stewart
- Diana Bowler
- Andrew Pullin
is the rationale?
Climate change is predicted to have a range of implications for biodiversity,
including, for example, changes in: phenology, species distribution (including arrival of non-native species and
potentially the loss of species for which suitable climate conditions disappear), subsequent changes in community composition and interspecific interactions, in ecosystem function, and the loss of physical space due to sea level rise and increased storminess.
Projected shifts in suitable climate space may force species to adjust their ranges if
they are to survive and many species groups are already
showing range margin movement. Many species may not be able to
move rapidly enough to track their future climate space and this problem is further
compounded by fragmentation.
In the context of commitments to halt the loss of biodiversity and meet other targets in
the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, there is an urgent need to consider the impacts of climate
change on species, in order to better understand their response and to guide the provision of potential
At what stage is the review?
This review is now complete.
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