Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology

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  • Nov, 2021

Florencio, M., Patiño, J., Nogué, S., Traveset, A., Borges, P.A.V., Schaefer, H., Amorim, I.R., Arnedo, M., Ávila, S.P., Cardoso, P., de Nascimento, L., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Gabriel, S.I., Gil, A., Gonçalves, V., Haroun, R., Illera, J.C., López-Darias, M., Martínez, A., Martins, G.M., Neto, A.I., Nogales, M., Oromí, P., Rando, J.C., Raposeiro, P.M., Rigal, F., Romeiras, M.M., Silva, L., Valido, A., Vanderpoorten, A., Vasconcelos, R. & Santos, A.M.C. (2021) Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology.

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 718169. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2021.718169 (IF2020 4,171; Q2 Ecology)
Summary:

Research in Macaronesia has led to substantial advances in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. We review the scientific developments achieved in this region, and outline promising research avenues enhancing conservation. Some of these discoveries indicate that the Macaronesian flora and fauna are composed of rather young lineages, not Tertiary relicts, predominantly of European origin. Macaronesia also seems to be an important source region for back-colonisation of continental fringe regions on both sides of the Atlantic. This group of archipelagos (Azores, Madeira, Selvagens, Canary Islands, and Cabo Verde) has been crucial to learn about the particularities of macroecological patterns and interaction networks on islands, providing evidence for the development of the General Dynamic Model of oceanic island biogeography and subsequent updates. However, in addition to exceptionally high richness of endemic species, Macaronesia is also home to a growing number of threatened species, along with invasive alien plants and animals. Several innovative conservation and management actions are in place to protect its biodiversity from these and other drivers of global change. The Macaronesian Islands are a well-suited field of study for island ecology and evolution research, mostly due to its special geological layout with 40 islands grouped within five archipelagos differing in geological age, climate and isolation. A large amount of data is now available for several groups of organisms on and around many of these islands. However, continued efforts should be made toward compiling new information on their biodiversity, to pursue various fruitful research avenues and develop appropriate conservation management tools.


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Team

  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Alain Vanderpoorten Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Ana Isabel de Melo Azevedo Neto Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Ana M. C. Santos Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Ana M. C. Santos Conservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Artur Gil Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Artur Gil Island Environmental Risks & Society - IERS
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology François Rigal Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Isabel R. Amorim Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Isabel R. Amorim Island Environmental Risks & Society - IERS
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Jairo Patiño Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Margarita Patricia Florencio Diaz Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Maria Manuel Cordeiro Salgueiro Romeiras Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Paulo A. V. Borges Island Arthropod Macroecology
  • Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for ecology, evolution and conservation biology Pedro Cardoso Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC