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Novel resources: opportunities for and risks to species conservation

Valentine, L.E., Ramalho, C.E., Mata, L., Craig, M.D., Kennedy, P.L. and Hobbs, R.J. (2020) Novel resources: opportunities for and risks to species conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment . Early View.

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During the Anthropocene, ongoing rapid environmental changes are exposing many species to novel resources. However, scientists’ understanding of what novel resources are and how they impact species is still rudimentary. Here, we used a resource‐based approach to explore novel resources. First, we conceptualized novel resource use by species along two dimensions of novelty: namely, ecosystem novelty and resource novelty. We then examined characteristics that influence a species’ response to a novel resource and how novel resources can affect individuals, populations, species, and communities. In addition, we discuss potential management complications associated with novel resource use by threatened species. As conservation and management embrace global environmental change, it is critical that ecologists improve the current understanding of the opportunities and risks that novel resources present to species conservation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Ecological Society of America
Copyright: © 2020 The Authors.
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