Nurturing resilient forest biodiversity: nest webs as complex adaptive systems

Ibarra, Jose Tomas; Cockle, Kristina L.; Altamirano, Tomas A.; van der Hoek, Yntze; Simard, Suzanne W.; Bonacic, Cristian; Martin, Kathy


Forests are complex adaptive systems in which properties at higher levels emerge from localized networks of many entities interacting at lower levels, allowing the development of multiple ecological pathways and processes. Cavity-nesters exist within networks known as "nest webs" that link trees, excavators, e.g. woodpeckers, and nonexcavators (many songbirds, ducks, raptors, and other organisms) at the community level. We use the idea of panarchy (interacting adaptive cycles at multiple spatio-temporal scales) to expand the nest web concept to levels from single tree to biome. We then assess properties of nest web systems (redundancy, heterogeneity, memory, uncertainty, and nonlinearity) using examples from our studies in temperate, subtropical, and tropical forests of the Americas. Although nest webs from Chile, Canada, Argentina, and Ecuador have independent evolutionary histories, structures, and disturbance regimes, they share the main properties of complex adaptive systems. Heterogeneity, redundancy, and memory allow nest web systems to absorb some degree of disturbance without undergoing a regime shift; that is, without changing their basic structures and functions, i.e., the system's identity. Understanding nest webs as complex adaptive systems will inform management practices to nurture the resilience of forest biodiversity in the face of local, regional, and global social-ecological changes.

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Título según WOS: Nurturing resilient forest biodiversity: nest webs as complex adaptive systems
Título de la Revista: ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY
Volumen: 25
Número: 2
Fecha de publicación: 2020


Notas: ISI