Metapopulation persistence and species spread in river networks.

  title={Metapopulation persistence and species spread in river networks.},
  author={Lorenzo Mari and Renato Casagrandi and Enrico Bertuzzo and Andrea Rinaldo and Marino Gatto},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={17 4},
River networks define ecological corridors characterised by unidirectional streamflow, which may impose downstream drift to aquatic organisms or affect their movement. Animals and plants manage to persist in riverine ecosystems, though, which in fact harbour high biological diversity. Here, we study metapopulation persistence in river networks analysing stage-structured populations that exploit different dispersal pathways, both along-stream and overland. Using stability analysis, we derive a… CONTINUE READING
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