Landscape properties mediate the homogenization of bird assemblages during climatic extremes

Angie Haslem, Dale G Nimmo, James Q Radford, Andrew F Bennett

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Abstract

Extreme weather events, such as drought, have marked impacts on biotic communities. In many regions, a predicted increase in occurrence of such events will be imposed on landscapes already heavily modified by human land use. There is an urgency, therefore, to understand the way in which the effects of such events may be exacerbated, or moderated, by different patterns of landscape change. We used empirical data on woodland-dependent birds in southeast Australia, collected during and after a severe drought, to document temporal change in the composition of bird assemblages in 24 landscapes (each 100 km2) representing a gradient in the cover of native wooded vegetation (from 60% to <2%).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3165-3174
Number of pages10
JournalEcology
Volume96
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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