Invertebrates, ecosystem services, and climate change

Collaborators (LTER working group): Shannon Pelini, Angela Laws, Emily Rivest, Megan Woltz, Christopher P. Bloch, Israel Del Toro, Chuan-Kai Ho, John Kominoski, T. A. Scott Newbold, Sheena Parsons, A. Joern

Publications: Prather et al 2013

Prather, Chelse M., Shannon L Pelini, Angela Laws, Emily Rivest, Megan Woltz, Christopher P. Bloch, Israel Del Toro et al. “Invertebrates, ecosystem services and climate change.” Biological Reviews (2012). Prather et al 2012

Globally, the role of invertebrates in ecosystem services is underappreciated and often ignored.  A group of LTER scientists discussed and secured funding to review the multitude of evidence suggesting that invertebrates are without question integral to our economy, well-being and survival.  In this manuscript (currently under review in Biological Reviews), we argue that to sustain global ecosystem services in our changing climate, scientists, policy makers, managers and other researchers must begin to explicitly consider the important roles that invertebrates play.

There is an increasing need to understand the importance of invertebrates globally for several reasons: 1) the general public either ignores or views many invertebrate groups negatively; 2) the positive role of invertebrates in providing ecosystem services is still ignored by scientists, and policy assessments, such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and (3) during the current alarmingly high extinction rates, invertebrate extinctions often go undocumented.  These reasons for understanding the role of invertebrates is especially important in light of how sensitive invertebrate populations are to climate change.

2 thoughts on “Invertebrates, ecosystem services, and climate change

  1. Hi Chelse –

    Your PDF seems to be damaged; it wouldn’t open in Chrome and it wouldn’t open in Acrobat after being downloaded. Just thought you’d like to know!

    Vince

    1. HI Vince–Yes, thanks for letting me know. I uploaded a new file, and it should be working now.

      Best,

      Chelse

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