Habitat Fragmentation and Metapopulation, Metacommunity, and Metaecosystem Dynamics in Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams

Thibault Datry, Roland Corti, Jani Heino, Bernard Hugueny, Rob ROLLS, Albert Ruhí

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Abstract

Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are highly heterogeneous systems, where habitat conditions range from fully aquatic to fully terrestrial. The dynamics of these habitats culminate in variation in connectivity between sites, which has multiple consequences for populations, communities, and ecosystems. IRES can thus be best understood in the context of metasystems, where local dynamics are influenced by regional processes. In this chapter, we synthesize recent work describing how metapopulation, metacommunity, and metaecosystem dynamics are driven by the hydrological variability of IRES. To date, very few studies have considered metapopulation issues in IRES, and the same is largely true for metacommunity and metaecosystem research. IRES are excellent arenas to study metasystems in highly dynamic systems. Research on metasystem issues is important for developing and testing ecological theory and also necessary to manage and conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in IRES in the face of global change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams
Subtitle of host publicationEcology and Management
EditorsThibault Datry, Nuria Bonada, Andrew Boulton
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages377-403
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780128039045
ISBN (Print)9780128038352
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameIntermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Ecology and Management

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    Datry, T., Corti, R., Heino, J., Hugueny, B., ROLLS, R., & Ruhí, A. (2017). Habitat Fragmentation and Metapopulation, Metacommunity, and Metaecosystem Dynamics in Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams. In T. Datry, N. Bonada, & A. Boulton (Eds.), Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Ecology and Management (pp. 377-403). (Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Ecology and Management). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803835-2.00014-0