A balance of winners and losers

Faye Moyes
Wednesday 27 March 2019

A balance of winners and losers in the Anthropocene

A new paper led by Maria was recently published in Ecology Letters

Using a subset of the BioTIME database the authors found that in a set of 23,241 populations, they detected significantly accelerating extinction and colonisation rates, with both rates being approximately balanced. Most populations (85%) did not show significant trends in abundance, and those that did were balanced between winners (8%) and losers (7%). Thus, population metrics estimated with assemblage data are commensurate with assemblage metrics and reveal sustained and increasing species turnover.

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