Review of human effects on ecological connectivity in aquatic ecosystems


Professor Bronwyn Gillanders and Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute were among 17 scientists involved in an article published in Science of The Total Environment.

The article entitled “Human effects on ecological connectivity in aquatic ecosystems: Integrating scientific approaches to support management and mitigation,” reviews human activities that effect the movements and dispersal of aquatic organisms, including habitat loss, altering rivers, invasive species and climate change.

A series of case studies were used to show the nature and implications of connectivity. The need to greater understand autecology, population structure, movement and physiology was highlighted in order to be able to fully develop management approaches to mitigate the effects of environmental pollutants on ecological connectivity in aquatic ecosystems.

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