Impacts of biological invasions on disturbance regimes

Michelle C. Mack, Carla M. D'Antonio

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Abstract

Human management activities have altered the frequency and intensity of ecosystem disturbance often with enormous impacts on landscape structure and composition. One additional and under-appreciated way in which humans have altered disturbance regimes is through the introduction of invasive non- native species, themselves capable of modifying existing disturbance regimes or introducing entirely new disturbances. In many cases, modifications of disturbance regimes results in maintenance of ecosystems in a new transitional state. There is now evidence that alteration of disturbance regime may be the most profound effect that a species or functional group can have on ecosystem structure and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-198
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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