Research Article

Species reintroduction and community-level consequences in

Justin G.D. Byrne

University of York, York, North Yorkshire YO10 5DD, UK

Received:

23 Dec 2015

Accepted:

23 Aug 2016

Published:

2 Oct 2016

Volume:

9

Issue:

1

Keywords:

extinction, food web, niche model, nonlinear bioenergetic dynamic model, reintroduction, connectance

Abstract:

Global biodiversity, and its associated ecosystem services, are threatened due to species extinctions. Reintroducing locally extinct species may be a partial solution to this problem. However, the success and possible consequences of any artificial reintroduction will depend on its ecological community, and the reaction of that community to the species’ extinction and reintroduction. Mathematical models can offer useful insights by identifying the key features of communities and reintroduced species most likely to result in successful reintroductions.

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