Human-induced biotic invasions and changes in plankton interaction networks

Pavel Kratina, Ralph MAC NALLY, Wim Kimmerer, Jim THOMSON, Monika Winder

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    Pervasive and accelerating changes to ecosystems due to human activities remain major sources of uncertainty in predicting the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. Understanding which biotic interactions within natural multitrophic communities are weakened or augmented by invasions of non-native species in the context of other environmental pressures is needed for effective management. We used multivariate autoregressive models with detailed time-series data from largely freshwater and brackish regions of the upper San Francisco Estuary to assess the topology, direction and strength of trophic interactions following major invasions and establishment of non-native zooplankton in the early 1990s. We simultaneously compared the effects of fish and clam predation, environmental temperature and salinity intrusion using time-series data from >60 monitoring locations spanning more than three decades.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1066-1074
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Applied Ecology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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