Matrix intensification alters avian functional group composition in adjacent rainforest fragments

Deikumah, Justus P., McAlpine, Clive A. and Maron, Martine (2013) Matrix intensification alters avian functional group composition in adjacent rainforest fragments. PLoS ONE, 8 9: e74852.1-e74852.10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074852

Author Deikumah, Justus P.
McAlpine, Clive A.
Maron, Martine
Title Matrix intensification alters avian functional group composition in adjacent rainforest fragments
Journal name PLoS ONE   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2013-09-13
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0074852
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 9
Start page e74852.1
End page e74852.10
Total pages 10
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
2700 Medicine
Formatted abstract
Conversion of farmland land-use matrices to surface mining is an increasing threat to the habitat quality of forest remnants and their constituent biota, with consequences for ecosystem functionality. We evaluated the effects of matrix type on bird community composition and the abundance and evenness within avian functional groups in south-west Ghana. We hypothesized that surface mining near remnants may result in a shift in functional composition of avifaunal communities, potentially disrupting ecological processes within tropical forest ecosystems. Matrix intensification and proximity to the remnant edge strongly influenced the abundance of members of several functional guilds. Obligate frugivores, strict terrestrial insectivores, lower and upper strata birds, and insect gleaners were most negatively affected by adjacent mining matrices, suggesting certain ecosystem processes such as seed dispersal may be disrupted by landscape change in this region. Evenness of these functional guilds was also lower in remnants adjacent to surface mining, regardless of the distance from remnant edge, with the exception of strict terrestrial insectivores. These shifts suggest matrix intensification can influence avian functional group composition and related ecosystem-level processes in adjacent forest remnants. The management of matrix habitat quality near and within mine concessions is important for improving efforts to preserveavian biodiversity in landscapes undergoing intensification such as through increased surface mining.
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Institutional Status UQ

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