Harnessing positive species interactions as a tool against climate-driven loss of coastal biodiversity

Bulleri, F, Eriksson, BK, Queiros, AM, Airoldi, L, Arenas, F, Arvanitidis, C, Bouma, TJ, Crowe, TP, Davoult, D, Guizien, K, Iveša, L, Jenkins, SR, Michalet, R, Olabarria, C, Procaccini, G, Serrão, EA, Wahl, M and Benedetti-Cecchi, L 2018 Harnessing positive species interactions as a tool against climate-driven loss of coastal biodiversity. PLOS Biology, 16 (9). e2006852. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2006852

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Habitat-forming species sustain biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in harsh environments through the amelioration of physical stress. Nonetheless, their role in shaping patterns of species distribution under future climate scenarios is generally overlooked. Focusing on coastal systems, we assess how habitat-forming species can influence the ability of stress-sensitive species to exhibit plastic responses, adapt to novel environmental conditions, or track suitable climates. Here, we argue that habitat-former populations could be managed as a nature-based solution against climate-driven loss of biodiversity. Drawing from different ecological and biological disciplines, we identify a series of actions to sustain the resilience of marine habitat-forming species to climate change, as well as their effectiveness and reliability in rescuing stress-sensitive species from increasingly adverse environmental conditions.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
Depositing User: Kim Hockley
Date made live: 18 Oct 2018 09:45
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 09:59
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/8028

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