Prairie Dog Decline Reduces the Supply of Ecosystem Services and Leads to Desertification of Semiarid Grasslands

@inproceedings{MartnezEstvez2013PrairieDD,
  title={Prairie Dog Decline Reduces the Supply of Ecosystem Services and Leads to Desertification of Semiarid Grasslands},
  author={Lourdes Mart{\'i}nez-Est{\'e}vez and Patricia Balvanera and Jes{\'u}s Pacheco and Gerardo Ceballos},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
Anthropogenic impacts on North American grasslands, a highly endangered ecosystem, have led to declines of prairie dogs, a keystone species, over 98% of their historical range. While impacts of this loss on maintenance of grassland biodiversity have been widely documented, much less is known about the consequences on the supply of ecosystem services. Here we assessed the effect of prairie dogs in the supply of five ecosystem services by comparing grasslands currently occupied by prairie dogs… CONTINUE READING
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