Human-mediated dispersal and the rewiring of spatial networks

Bullock, James M, Bonte, Dries, Pufal, Gesine, da Silva Carvalho, Carolina, Chapman, Daniel S, García, Cristina, Daniel, García, Matthysen, Erick, Delgado, Maria M and Garcia Perez, C ORCID: 0000-0001-7970-1245
(2018) Human-mediated dispersal and the rewiring of spatial networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33 (12). pp. 958-970.

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Humans fundamentally affect dispersal, directly by transporting individuals and indirectly by altering landscapes and natural vectors. This human-mediated dispersal (HMD) modifies long-distance dispersal, changes dispersal paths, and overall benefits certain species or genotypes while disadvantaging others. HMD is leading to radical changes in the structure and functioning of spatial networks, which are likely to intensify as human activities increase in scope and extent. Here, we provide an overview to guide research into HMD and the resulting rewiring of spatial networks, making predictions about the ecological and evolutionary consequences and how these vary according to spatial scale and the traits of species. Future research should consider HMD holistically, assessing the range of direct and indirect processes to understand the complex impacts on eco-evolutionary dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Biodiversity, Human Activities, Biological Evolution, Animal Distribution, Plant Dispersal
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 09:32
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:09
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.09.008
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