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Niche contractions in declining species: mechanisms and consequences

Scheele, Ben C.; Foster, Claire N.; Banks, Samuel C.; Lindenmayer, David B


A fundamental aim of conservation biology is to understand how species respond to threatening processes, with much research effort focused on identifying threats and quantifying spatial and temporal patterns of species decline. Here, we argue that threats often reduce the realized niche breadth of declining species because environmental, biotic and evolutionary processes reduce or amplify threats, or because a species’ capacity to tolerate threats varies across niche space. Our ‘niche reduction...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 8/03/2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.02.013


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