Uses of GBIF in scientific research

Peer-reviewed research citing GBIF as a data source, with at least one author from United States.
Extracted from the Mendeley GBIF Public Library.

List of publications

  • Allan, J., McIntyre, P., Smith, S., Halpern, B., Boyer, G., Buchsbaum, A., Burton, G., Campbell, L., Chadderton, W., Ciborowski, J., Doran, P., Eder, T., Infante, D., Johnson, L., Joseph, C., Marino, A., Prusevich, A., Read, J., Rose, J., Rutherford, E., Sowa, S., Steinman, A.

    Joint analysis of stressors and ecosystem services to enhance restoration effectiveness.

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    With increasing pressure placed on natural systems by growing human populations, both scientists and resource managers need a better understanding of the relationships between cumulative stress from human activities and valued ecosystem services. Societies often seek to mitigate threats to these services through large-scale, costly restoration projects, such as the over one billion dollar Great Lakes Restoration Initiative currently underway. To help inform these efforts, we merged high-resolution spatial analyses of environmental stressors with mapping of ecosystem services for all five Great Lakes. Cumulative ecosystem stress is highest in near-shore habitats, but also extends offshore in Lakes Erie, Ontario, and Michigan. Variation in cumulative stress is driven largely by spatial concordance among multiple stressors, indicating the importance of considering all stressors when planning restoration activities. In addition, highly stressed areas reflect numerous different combinations of stressors rather than a single suite of problems, suggesting that a detailed understanding of the stressors needing alleviation could improve restoration planning. We also find that many important areas for fisheries and recreation are subject to high stress, indicating that ecosystem degradation could be threatening key services. Current restoration efforts have targeted high-stress sites almost exclusively, but generally without knowledge of the full range of stressors affecting these locations or differences among sites in service provisioning. Our results demonstrate that joint spatial analysis of stressors and ecosystem services can provide a critical foundation for maximizing social and ecological benefits from restoration investments.

    Keywords: Ecosystem, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Monitoring: methods, Environmental Monitoring: statistics & numerical d, Environmental Remediation, Environmental Remediation: methods, Environmental Remediation: standards, Geographic Mapping, Geography, Great Lakes Region, Human Activities, Humans, Lakes, Models, Physiological, Physiological: physiology, Stress, Theoretical


  • Anadón, J., del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, M., Best, B., Gerber, L.

    Habitat-specific larval dispersal and marine connectivity: implications for spatial conservation planning

    Ecosphere 4(7) art82.

    Connectivity via larval dispersal is an important ingredient in setting effective marine reserve networks. Simple guidance for establishing spacing between individual protected sites can provide reliable rules of thumb to help ensure connectivity. Spacing rules for protected network design are relatively new to marine spatial planning, though so far they have been generically and indiscriminately applied to all types of habitats based on a single range of distance values. Here we address the extent to which such rules capture subtleties associated with dispersal distances varying among species in different regions and habitats. We applied a 50–100 km global spacing rule (SRglob), also recently applied in the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process and based on available global larval dispersal data, to a previously assessed network in the Gulf of California. Using larval dispersal data for species within this region (SRreg), we associated each species with eight unique habitats (SRhab*) and we evaluated connectivity by means of different spacing rules (SRglob, SRreg and SRhab*) using graph-theory. The existing spacing rule employed by the MLPA process (SRglob) was found to be robust and conservative when applied to the Gulf of California or to its different habitats (i.e., the lower limit for dispersal distance includes the distance for all species in the Gulf). We found that species in different habitats exhibit statistically distinct dispersal profiles. Therefore, some habitats could be evaluated with more relaxed spacing rules (i.e., larger distances), than those proposed by the rules of thumb. Our work identifies a conservation planning trade-off when implementing spacing rules: already proposed rules are robust but at the cost of efficiency. Habitat-specific spacing rules should be considered for more efficient marine conservation planning solutions.

    Keywords: graph theory, Gulf of California, larval dispersal, marine connectivity, Marine Life Protection Act, marine protected areas networks, rules of thumb, spacing rules


  • Andreas, B.

    A Revision of Blindia (Seligeriaceae) from Southern South America

    The Bryologist 116(3) 263-280.

    Blindia Bruch & Schimp. is represented in southern South America by eight species. Of these, B. buckii B.K. Andreas, B. rigida B.K. Andreas and B. serrata B.K. Andreas, from the Cape Horn Archipelago, are newly described and illustrated herein. Sporophyte descriptions and the sexuality of B. inundata and B. torrentium are reported for the first time. Species descriptions and a key to species from southern South America are presented.

    Keywords: Cape Horn, Chile, species distribution, taxonomy


  • Bagley, J., Sandel, M., Travis, J., Lozano-Vilano, M., Johnson, J.

    Paleoclimatic modeling and phylogeography of least killifish, Heterandria formosa: insights into Pleistocene expansion-contraction dynamics and evolutionary history of North American Coastal Plain freshwater biota

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    BACKGROUND: Climatic and sea-level fluctuations throughout the last Pleistocene glacial cycle (~130-0 ka) profoundly influenced present-day distributions and genetic diversity of Northern Hemisphere biotas by forcing range contractions in many species during the glacial advance and allowing expansion following glacial retreat ('expansion-contraction' model). Evidence for such range dynamics and refugia in the unglaciated Gulf-Atlantic Coastal Plain stems largely from terrestrial species, and aquatic species Pleistocene responses remain relatively uninvestigated. Heterandria formosa, a wide-ranging regional endemic, presents an ideal system to test the expansion-contraction model within this biota. By integrating ecological niche modeling and phylogeography, we infer the Pleistocene history of this livebearing fish (Poeciliidae) and test for several predicted distributional and genetic effects of the last glaciation. RESULTS: Paleoclimatic models predicted range contraction to a single southwest Florida peninsula refugium during the Last Glacial Maximum, followed by northward expansion. We inferred spatial-population subdivision into four groups that reflect genetic barriers outside this refuge. Several other features of the genetic data were consistent with predictions derived from an expansion-contraction model: limited intraspecific divergence (e.g. mean mtDNA p-distance = 0.66%); a pattern of mtDNA diversity (mean Hd = 0.934; mean pi = 0.007) consistent with rapid, recent population expansion; a lack of mtDNA isolation-by-distance; and clinal variation in allozyme diversity with higher diversity at lower latitudes near the predicted refugium. Statistical tests of mismatch distributions and coalescent simulations of the gene tree lent greater support to a scenario of post-glacial expansion and diversification from a single refugium than to any other model examined (e.g. multiple-refugia scenarios). CONCLUSIONS: Congruent results from diverse data indicate H. formosa fits the classic Pleistocene expansion-contraction model, even as the genetic data suggest additional ecological influences on population structure. While evidence for Plio-Pleistocene Gulf Coast vicariance is well described for many freshwater species presently codistributed with H. formosa, this species demography and diversification departs notably from this pattern. Species-specific expansion-contraction dynamics may therefore have figured more prominently in shaping Coastal Plain evolutionary history than previously thought. Our findings bolster growing appreciation for the complexity of phylogeographical structuring within North America's southern refugia, including responses of Coastal Plain freshwater biota to Pleistocene climatic fluctuations.

    Keywords: Cape Horn, Chile, species distribution, taxonomy


  • Ballesteros-Mejia, L., Kitching, I., Jetz, W., Nagel, P., Beck, J.

    Mapping the biodiversity of tropical insects: species richness and inventory completeness of African sphingid moths

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    Keywords: co-kriging interpolation, hawkmoths, Lepidoptera, pattern, sampling effort, spatial, Sphingidae, Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Bartomeus, I., Park, M., Gibbs, J., Danforth, B., Lakso, A., Winfree, R.

    Biodiversity ensures plant-pollinator phenological synchrony against climate change

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    Climate change has the potential to alter the phenological synchrony between interacting mutualists, such as plants and their pollinators. However, high levels of biodiversity might buffer the negative effects of species-specific phenological shifts and maintain synchrony at the community level, as predicted by the bio- diversity insurance hypothesis. Here, we explore how biodiversity might enhance and stabilise phenological synchrony between a valuable crop, apple and its native pollinators. We combine 46 years of data on apple flowering phenology with historical records of bee pollinators over the same period. When the key apple pollinators are considered altogether, we found extensive synchrony between bee activity and apple peak bloom due to complementarity among bee species’ activity periods, and also a stable trend over time due to differential responses to warming climate among bee species. A simulation model confirms that high biodiversity levels can ensure plant–pollinator phenological synchrony and thus pollination function. Keywords

    Keywords: bees, crop pollination, ecosystem function, ecosystem services, phenology, pollination, response diversity, stabilising mechanism


  • Capinha, C., Larson, E., Tricarico, E., Olden, J., Gherardi, F.

    Effects of Climate Change, Invasive Species, and Disease on the Distribution of Native European Crayfishes

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    Climate change will require species to adapt to new conditions or follow preferred climates to higher latitudes or elevations, but many dispersal-limited freshwater species may be unable to move due to barriers imposed by watershed boundaries. In addition, invasive nonnative species may expand into new regions under future climate conditions and contribute to the decline of native species. We evaluated future distributions for the threatened European crayfish fauna in response to climate change, watershed boundaries, and the spread of invasive crayfishes, which transmit the crayfish plague, a lethal disease for native European crayfishes. We used climate projections from general circulation models and statistical models based on Mahalanobis distance to predict climate-suitable regions for native and invasive crayfishes in the middle and at the end of the 21st century. We identified these suitable regions as accessible or inaccessible on the basis of major watershed boundaries and present occurrences and evaluated potential future overlap with 3 invasive North American crayfishes. Climate-suitable areas decreased for native crayfishes by 19% to 72%, and the majority of future suitable areas for most of these species were inaccessible relative to native and current distributions. Overlap with invasive crayfish plague-transmitting species was predicted to increase. Some native crayfish species (e.g., noble crayfish [Astacus astacus]) had no future refugia that were unsuitable for the modeled nonnative species. Our results emphasize the importance of preventing additional introductions and spread of invasive crayfishes in Europe to minimize interactions between the multiple stressors of climate change and invasive species, while suggesting candidate regions for the debatable management option of assisted colonization.

    Keywords: biotic interactions, dispersal barriers, europe, freshwater, invasive species, species distribution


  • Cramer, M., Barger, N.

    Are Namibian "fairy circles" the consequence of self-organizing spatial vegetation patterning?

    PloS ONE 8(8) e70876.

    Causes of over-dispersed barren "fairy circles" that are often surrounded by ca. 0.5 m tall peripheral grasses in a matrix of shorter (ca. 0.2 m tall) grasses in Namibian grasslands remain mysterious. It was hypothesized that the fairy circles are the consequence of self-organizing spatial vegetation patterning arising from resource competition and facilitation. We examined the edaphic properties of fairy circles and variation in fairy circle size, density and landscape occupancy (% land surface) with edaphic properties and water availability at a local scale (<50 km) and with climate and vegetation characteristics at a regional scale. Soil moisture in the barren fairy circles declines from the center towards the periphery and is inversely correlated with soil organic carbon, possibly indicating that the peripheral grass roots access soil moisture that persists into the dry season within fairy circles. Fairy circle landscape occupancy is negatively correlated with precipitation and soil [N], consistent with fairy circles being the product of resource-competition. Regional fairy circle presence/absence is highly predictable using an empirical model that includes narrow ranges of vegetation biomass, precipitation and temperature seasonality as predictor variables, indicating that fairy circles are likely a climate-dependent emergent phenomenon. This dependence of fairy circle occurrence on climate explains why fairy circles in some locations may appear and disappear over time. Fairy circles are only over-dispersed at high landscape occupancies, indicating that inter-circle competition may determine their spacing. We conclude that fairy circles are likely to be an emergent arid-grassland phenomenon that forms as a consequence of peripheral grass resource-competition and that the consequent barren circle may provide a resource-reservoir essential for the survival of the larger peripheral grasses and provides a habitat for fossicking fauna.

    Keywords: biotic interactions, dispersal barriers, europe, freshwater, invasive species, species distribution


  • D'Apolito, C., Absy, M., Latrubesse, E.

    The Hill of Six Lakes revisited: new data and re-evaluation of a key Pleistocene Amazon site

    Quaternary Science Reviews 76 140-155.

    The new analyses of a sedimentary record of Lake Pata in the Hill of Six Lakes, in NW Amazon and its correlation with other Quaternary proxy records in the region provide new insights regarding the vegetation and climate of the lowland forest during the Last Glacial. Despite what has been reported previously in the literature, the sedimentary and pollen records are not continuous. The hill remained forested; however, clear signals of structural change are seen in the record, which indicate that the area experienced a significantly drier climate during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). The herbs and taxa that are known to be more dominant in seasonally dry forests were all more abundant during the glacial part of the record, and the cool-adapted elements were mixed with warm lowland elements, which indicates a temperature depression. A comparison of the palaeoecological data with other regional geoenvironmental records of the Upper Negro River basin and other areas of the Amazon provides additional support for a cooler and more seasonal environment during the middle Pleniglacial, which then became drier during the LGM. A “wet” LGM is strongly refuted; therefore, the palaeoclimatic and ecological models that used the previous proxy data from Six Lakes to sustain “wet” conditions and a “continuous forest record” during the LGM to reconstruct the palaeoenvironmental conditions in the Amazon should be reviewed.

    Keywords: biotic interactions, dispersal barriers, europe, freshwater, invasive species, species distribution


  • Deng, X., Wagner, H., Popper, A.

    Interspecific Variations of Inner Ear Structure in the Deep-Sea Fish Family Melamphaidae.

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    Inner ear structures are compared among three major genera of the deep-sea fish family Melamphaidae (bigscales and ridgeheads). Substantial interspecific variation is found in the saccular otoliths, including the presence of a unique otolithic "spur" in the genera Melamphaes and Poromitra. The variation in the saccular otolith is correlated with an increase in the number of hair bundle orientation groups on the sensory epithelia from the genera Scopelogadus to Poromitra to Melamphaes. The diverse structural variations found in the saccule may reflect the evolutionary history of these species. The sensory hair cell bundles in this family have the most variable shapes yet encountered in fish ears. In the saccule, most of the hair bundles are 15-20 μm high, an exceptional height for fish otolithic end organs. These bundles have large numbers of stereovilli, including some that reach the length of the kinocilium. In the utricle, the striolar region separates into two unusually shaped areas that have not been described in any other vertebrates. The brains in all species have a relatively small olfactory bulb and optic tectum, as well as an enlarged posterior cerebellar region that is likely to be involved in inner ear and lateral line (octavolateral) functions. Data from melamphaids support the hypothesis that specialized anatomical structures are found in the ears of some (if not most) deep-sea fishes, presumably enhancing their hearing sensitivity. Anat Rec, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

    Keywords: hair bundle, inner ear, melamphaes, otolith, poromitra, saccule, scopelogadus, utricle