Hydrology as a driver of biodiversity: Controls on carrying capacity, niche formation, and dispersal

Megan Konar, M. Jason Todd, Rachata Muneepeerakul, Andrea Rinaldo, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

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    Abstract

    A synthesis is presented highlighting the importance of hydrologic variables and dynamics to biodiversity patterns. The focus of this paper is the key hydrologic controls crucial towards quantifying the impacts of climate changes on the distribution of species. Specifically, we highlight the hydrologic controls operating on the carrying capacity, niche formation, and dispersal dynamics. This synthesis will facilitate avenues of future research and is connected to issues of major practical importance, such as the integration of the structure of river networks into conservation strategies and the evaluations of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)317-325
    Number of pages9
    JournalAdvances in Water Resources
    Volume51
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

    Keywords

    • Biodiversity
    • Carrying capacity
    • Climate change
    • Dispersal
    • Hydrology
    • Niches

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Water Science and Technology

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