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Fifteen forms of biodiversity trend in the anthropocene

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Humans are transforming the biosphere in unprecedented ways, raising the important question of how these impacts are changing biodiversity. Here we argue that our understanding of biodiversity trends in the Anthropocene, and our ability to protect the natural world, is impeded by a failure to consider different types of biodiversity measured at different spatial scales. We propose that ecologists should recognize and assess 15 distinct categories of biodiversity trend. We summarize what is known about each of these 15 categories, identify major gaps in our current knowledge, and recommend the next steps required for better understanding of trends in biodiversity.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-113
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume30
Issue number2
Early online date23 Dec 2014
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Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

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  • Species richness, Change, Loss, Beta diversity, Alpha diversity, Landscape, Region, Meta-community, Local, Anthropocene, Winners and losers

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