Human-Mediated Dispersal and the Rewiring of Spatial Networks

James M. Bullock, Dries Bonte, Gesine Pufal, Carolina da Silva Carvalho, Daniel S. Chapman, Daniel García, Erik Matthysen, Maria del Mar

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Research into human impacts on biodiversity would benefit from considering HMD as a central process, in particular the wide variety of anthropogenic influences on the dispersal of organisms.

Particular species or genotypes benefit from increased dispersal ability under HMD, including new linkages among areas of suitable habitat; conversely, others suffer from loss of dispersal opportunities and linkages, as well as increased costs.

In total, HMD is expected to rewire spatial networks through the reconfiguration of links among nodes, particularly by changing the distances over which individuals disperse and the creation of highly connected nodes (hubs).

As human impacts on the environment increase, ecology and conservation will benefit from considering rewiring holistically, assessing both the positive and negative impacts of HMD on eco-evolutionary dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-970
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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