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Projected responses of Cerrado anurans to climate change are mediated by biogeographic character
Gabriela Alves-Ferreira, Gastón Andrés Fernandez Giné, Danilo de Siqueira Fortunato, Mirco Solé, Neander Marcel Heming

  • Climate change threatens Cerrado anurans.

  • ∼70% of anuran species tend to lose potential distribution areas.

  • Not all species are likely to be equally affected by climate change.

  • Anurans’ responses to climate change are mediated by biogeographic character.

Open access
Available online 14 January 2022
From whom and for what? Deforestation in Dry Chaco from local-urban inhabitants’ perception
S. Marinaro, L. Sacchi, N.I. Gasparri

  • Agriculture-frontier classification allows organizing social-ecological processes.

  • Forest exploitation and real-estate transactions are daily drivers in the early stages.

  • Global agribusiness and livestock are drivers dominating the advanced stages.

  • Only crop replacement takes place during mature frontier stages.

  • Extra-regional people and governments are mentioned as the responsible social actors.

Open access
Available online 13 January 2022
Divergent herb communities in drier and chronically disturbed areas of the Brazilian Caatinga
Ligia A.F. Vieira, Marcelo Tabarelli, Gustavo Souza, Rubens T. Queiroz, Bráulio A. Santos

  • Caatinga dry forests are becoming increasingly drier and chronically disturbed.

  • Herb communities negatively respond to rainfall reduction and increase disturbance.

  • Responses may be mediated by the local density of woody plants.

  • Multiple successional pathways should emerge with the new environmental conditions.

  • Management and conservation actions are urgent to protect Caatinga herb diversity.

Open access
Available online 11 January 2022
Neutral processes and reduced dispersal across Amazonian rivers may explain how rivers maintain species diversity after secondary contact
Sergio Santorelli Junior, William E. Magnusson, Cláudia Pereira de Deus, Timothy H. Keitt

  • Simulations show that neutral processes and reduced dispersal across rivers can maintain two species in allopatry for many generations.

  • Reduced dispersal maintained allopatry despite repeated river crossings allowing rivers to act as effective secondary barriers.

  • Neutral processes across contact zones provide a potential mechanism for the maintenance of Amazonian biodiversity.

  • More understanding of the dispersal characteristics of organisms and factors that limit river crossing are needed to make predictions about the role of rivers in maintaining Amazonian biodiversity.

Open access
Available online 11 January 2022
Trait shifts in bird communities from primary forest to human settlements in Mexican seasonal forests. Are there ruderal birds?
Leopoldo D. Vázquez-Reyes, Horacio Paz-Hernández, Héctor O. Godínez-Álvarez, María del Coro Arizmendi, Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza

  • Anthropization drives directional changes on functional traits of bird communities of Neotropical seasonal forests.

  • Birds within anthropized habitat have short life cycles, rapid development, high fecundity, and broad ecological niches.

  • According to the Ecological Strategies Theory, birds could show the ruderal strategy within the perturbed anthropic habitat.

Open access
Available online 21 December 2021
Landscape composition regulates the spillover of beneficial insects between forest remnants and adjacent coffee plantations
Hugo Reis Medeiros, Felipe Martello, Jean Paul Metzger, Karen Amanda Harper, Ximo Mengual, Ciro Abbud Righi, Milton Cezar Ribeiro

  • 9847 wasps classified into 75 species and 23 genera were recorded.

  • Inter-habitat dissimilarity decreased with increasing forest cover in the landscape.

  • Landscape diversity, edge density, and pesticide usage did not affect spillover.

  • Forested landscapes provide more spillover opportunities than do crop landscapes.

Open access
Available online 19 December 2021
Comparative influence of anthropogenic landscape pressures on cause-specific mortality of mammals
Jacob Hill, Travis DeVault, Jerrold Belant

  • 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.

Open access
Available online 11 December 2021
Top-down local management, perceived contribution to people, and actual detriments influence a rampant human‒top predator conflict in the Neotropics
Santiago Zuluaga, F. Hernán Vargas, Sebastián Kohn, Juan M. Grande

  • Neotropical governments and their environmental agencies have generally poor governance.

  • Poor governance can be influencing human-top predator conflicts in the Neotropics.

  • Forty percent of interviewees disapproved the current top-down local management.

  • Disapproval of top-down local management influenced human tolerance independently.

  • Neotropics need a better balance between bottom-up and top-down governance.

Open access
Available online 11 December 2021
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

  • 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.

Open access
Available online 9 December 2021
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

  • 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.

Open access
Available online 30 October 2021
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation

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