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Scientists' warning to humanity on insect extinctions
Finding answers in the dark: caves as models in ecology fifty years after Poulson and White
  • S. Mammola
  • Environmental Science
    Ecography
  • 17 October 2018
The use of semi‐isolated habitats such as oceanic islands, lakes and mountain summits as model systems has played a crucial role in the development of evolutionary and ecological theory. Soon after
Niche differentiation in Meta bourneti and M. menardi (Araneae, Tetragnathidae) with notes on the life history
TLDR
Despite life cycles appeared very similar, the two species seems to exhibit different tolerance to the microclimatic variations within the cave, which emerged as the main factors determining the differentiation of their niche.
Ecology and sampling techniques of an understudied subterranean habitat: the Milieu Souterrain Superficiel (MSS)
TLDR
The advances in the study of the physical and ecological factors affecting this habitat—i.e., microclimate, energy flows, animal communities, and trophic interactions are synthesized and described and reviewed the available sampling methods used to investigate MSS fauna.
Climate change going deep: The effects of global climatic alterations on cave ecosystems
Scientists of different disciplines have recognized the valuable role of terrestrial caves as ideal natural laboratories in which to study multiple eco-evolutionary processes, from genes to
Assessing similarity of n‐dimensional hypervolumes: Which metric to use?
  • S. Mammola
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of Biogeography
  • 11 June 2019
TLDR
Best practise for constructing n‐dimensional hypervolumes and assessing their similarity are drawn, representing a practical aid for scientists using the 'hypervolume' R package in their research.
Scientists' Warning on the Conservation of Subterranean Ecosystems
In light of recent alarming trends in human population growth, climate change, and other environmental modifications, a “Warning to humanity” manifesto was published in BioScience in 2017. This
Climate change may drive cave spiders to extinction
TLDR
This work characterized the thermal conditions of caves in the western Alps, and related these hypogean climate data to the occurrence of Troglohyphantes spiders, and used ecological niche modeling to predict habitat suitability both in the Pleistocene and under future global warming scenarios.
Global wildlife trade permeates the Tree of Life
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