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dc.contributor.authorMagurran, Anne
dc.contributor.authorDornelas, Maria
dc.contributor.authorMoyes, Faye Helen
dc.contributor.authorGotelli, Nicholas J
dc.contributor.authorMcGill, Brian
dc.identifier.citationMagurran , A , Dornelas , M , Moyes , F H , Gotelli , N J & McGill , B 2015 , ' Rapid biotic homogenization of marine fish assemblages ' , Nature Communications , vol. 6 , 8405 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 219080975
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: c98f9f12-4617-4869-9a03-cebf9f2ec5f4
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84942163710
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-0036-2795/work/43550234
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-9687-0593/work/34523493
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000363137700005
dc.descriptionWe acknowledge support from ERC advanced grant BioTIME (250189). A.E.M. also thanks the Royal Society. M.D. is grateful for support from the Scottish Funding Council (MASTS-grant reference HR09011). N.J.G. is supported by U. S. NSF grants (DEB 1257625, DEB 1144055 and DEB 1136644).en
dc.description.abstractThe role human activities play in reshaping biodiversity is increasingly apparent in terrestrial ecosystems. However, the responses of entire marine assemblages are not well-understood, in part, because few monitoring programs incorporate both spatial and temporal replication. Here, we analyse an exceptionally comprehensive 29-year time series of North Atlantic groundfish assemblages monitored over 5° latitude to the west of Scotland. These fish assemblages show no systematic change in species richness through time, but steady change in species composition, leading to an increase in spatial homogenization: the species identity of colder northern localities increasingly resembles that of warmer southern localities. This biotic homogenization mirrors the spatial pattern of unevenly rising ocean temperatures over the same time period suggesting that climate change is primarily responsible for the spatial homogenization we observe. In this and other ecosystems, apparent constancy in species richness may mask major changes in species composition driven by anthropogenic change.
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dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectSDG 13 - Climate Actionen
dc.subjectSDG 14 - Life Below Wateren
dc.subjectSDG 15 - Life on Landen
dc.titleRapid biotic homogenization of marine fish assemblagesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorEuropean Research Councilen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Fish Behaviour and Biodiversity Research Groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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