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Incorporating anthropogenic effects into trophic ecology: predator–prey interactions in a human-dominated landscape

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, September 2015
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Title
Incorporating anthropogenic effects into trophic ecology: predator–prey interactions in a human-dominated landscape
Published in
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, September 2015
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2015.1602
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Authors

Ine Dorresteijn, Jannik Schultner, Dale G. Nimmo, Joern Fischer, Jan Hanspach, Tobias Kuemmerle, Laura Kehoe, Euan G. Ritchie

Abstract

Apex predators perform important functions that regulate ecosystems worldwide. However, little is known about how ecosystem regulation by predators is influenced by human activities. In particular, how important are top-down effects of predators relative to direct and indirect human-mediated bottom-up and top-down processes? Combining data on species' occurrence from camera traps and hunting records, we aimed to quantify the relative effects of top-down and bottom-up processes in shaping predator and prey distributions in a human-dominated landscape in Transylvania, Romania. By global standards this system is diverse, including apex predators (brown bear and wolf), mesopredators (red fox) and large herbivores (roe and red deer). Humans and free-ranging dogs represent additional predators in the system. Using structural equation modelling, we found that apex predators suppress lower trophic levels, especially herbivores. However, direct and indirect top-down effects of humans affected the ecosystem more strongly, influencing species at all trophic levels. Our study highlights the need to explicitly embed humans and their influences within trophic cascade theory. This will greatly expand our understanding of species interactions in human-modified landscapes, which compose the majority of the Earth's terrestrial surface.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 5 1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Bulgaria 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 5 1%
Unknown 314 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 80 24%
Student > Master 71 21%
Researcher 55 16%
Student > Bachelor 41 12%
Unspecified 20 6%
Other 68 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 185 55%
Environmental Science 91 27%
Unspecified 37 11%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 2%
Social Sciences 3 <1%
Other 13 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 87. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 August 2016.
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