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Interface project: relationships among landscape structure, ecological processes, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Grant number: 13/23457-6
Support type:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
Duration: May 01, 2014 - July 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Jean Paul Walter Metzger
Grantee:Jean Paul Walter Metzger
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Renata Pardini ; Simone Aparecida Vieira
Assoc. researchers:Astrid de Matos Peixoto Kleinert ; Elizabeth Stevens Nichols ; Greet de Coster ; Leandro Reverberi Tambosi ; Maria Uriarte ; Milton Cezar Ribeiro ; Paulo Sergio D' Andrea ; Rodolfo Jaffé Ribbi
Associated grant(s):17/50015-5 - Linking landscape structure to ecosystem services, AP.R
Associated scholarship(s):19/00923-8 - Forest cover and resource pulse driving natural enemies spillover into coffee plantations, BP.IC
18/22881-2 - Paths to ecological intensification trough restoration and agricultural certification, BP.DR
18/03330-5 - Ecosystem services in multifunctional and sustainable landscapes, BE.PQ
+ associated scholarships 17/26093-6 - Avian cross-habitat spillover into Brazilian coffee farms and implications for pest control provisioning, BP.PD
18/00965-0 - Organizing, centralizing and managing the spatial and cadastral database of the Interface Project, BP.TT
17/19411-1 - Bee conservation and pollination service provision: using a landscape approach to reach a common goal, BP.DR
17/11666-0 - Yellow fever: transmission risk due to landscape changes and climate alterations, BP.PD
16/06789-3 - Human-wildlife interactions: influence of ecological context on people's attitudes towards wild mammals, BP.MS
15/24802-4 - Effects of landscape structure on the organization of pollination and seed dispersal systems, BP.PD
16/06690-7 - How does the intention of preserving the forest very among people living in landscapes with different percentages of remaining forest?, BP.MS
14/11676-8 - Quantifying the mechanistic basis for disease-regulation ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, BP.PD - associated scholarships

Abstract

Faced with the challenge of planning multifunctional landscapes to ensure the retention of both original biological diversity and ecosystem functions, as well as agricultural production, this project aims to investigate how parameters of landscape structure directly or indirectly regulates key ecosystem services through influencing a series of distinct ecological processes. As ecosystem service regulation studies have principally been conducted either at local scales (via experimental manipulations), or rather at global scales (correlative, proxy-based mapping studies), there is a knowledge gap at the intermediate scale of landscape, which permits the exploration of such regulatory mechanisms with both enhanced precision and power to extrapolate results to other spatial scales and systems. We aim to contribute to an improved understanding of how habitat loss influences these ecosystem services, and specifically investigate the likelihood of both thresholds and trade-offs in service provision. We will do this by relating rates and stocks measurements of key ecosystem services, including regulatory (i.e. pollination, pest and disease control, hydrologic flow regulation and water quality), provisioning (i.e. water storage) and supportive services (i.e. carbon stocks) with parameters associated with landscape structure, including the proportion of native habitat in the landscape, the proximity and number of edges between native vegetation and agricultural areas, and landscape composition. With a sampling design that couples spatially explicit ecosystem services measurements, biodiversity sampling of species responsible for service provisioning, and manipulated field experiments, we can identify how ecological processes acting at the landscape level (e.g. connectivity, edge effects, and habitat complementation and supplementation) influence and control the provision of key ecosystem services. By considering these relationships for 40 landscapes located in distinct agricultural matrices (i.e. coffee, extensive cattle pasture, and eucalyptus), within a highly biodiverse and threatened biome (Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest), we can assess the generality of these relationships, compare landscape-service relationships for multiple services across within the same matrix type, as well as single service across different matrices. It is expected that: (i) regulating and supporting ecosystem services demonstrate non-linear threshold dynamics along gradients of habitat loss, similarly to those observed for biodiversity, (ii) these thresholds are governed by a series of ecological processes related to both movement patterns of the biodiversity associated with service provision, and changes (usually non-linear) in landscape configuration associated with habitat loss, and (iii) that thresholds in service decline occur later (i.e. at lower levels of forest cover) for those landscapes with more forested matrix habitat. Taken together, these related datasets will provide a critical scientific subsidy to ongoing political land-use planning processes, and the maintenance of ecosystem services in the working agricultural landscapes of the Atlantic Rainforest. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP about the research grant
Human action spreads hantavirus infection 
Native Brazilian bee is resilient enough to offset decline of other pollinators 

Scientific publications (15)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
RUGGIERO, PATRICIA G. C.; METZGER, JEAN PAUL; TAMBOSI, LEANDRO REVERBERI; NICHOLS, ELIZABETH. Payment for ecosystem services programs in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: Effective but not enough. LAND USE POLICY, v. 82, p. 283-291, MAR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RIBEIRO, FERNANDO S.; NICHOLS, ELIZABETH; MORATO, RONALDO G.; METZGER, JEAN PAUL; PARDINI, RENATA. Disturbance or propagule pressure? Unravelling the drivers and mapping the intensity of invasion of free-ranging dogs across the Atlantic forest hotspot. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, v. 25, n. 2, p. 191-204, FEB 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ARISTIZABAL, NATALIA; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. y Landscape structure regulates pest control provided by ants in sun coffee farms. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, v. 56, n. 1, p. 21-30, JAN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BOESING, ANDREA LARISSA; NICHOLS, ELIZABETH; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Biodiversity extinction thresholds are modulated by matrix type. ECOGRAPHY, v. 41, n. 9, p. 1520-1533, NOV 2018. Web of Science Citations: 4.
BOESING, ANDREA LARISSA; NICHOLS, ELIZABETH; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Land use type, forest cover and forest edges modulate avian cross-habitat spillover. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, v. 55, n. 3, p. 1252-1264, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 4.
D'ALBERTAS, FRANCISCO; COSTA, KARINE; ROMITELLI, ISABELLA; BARBOSA, JOMAR MAGALHAES; VIEIRA, SIMONE APARECIDA; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Lack of evidence of edge age and additive edge effects on carbon stocks in a tropical forest. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, v. 407, p. 57-65, JAN 1 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
LIBRAN-EMBID, FELIPE; DE COSTER, GREET; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Effects of bird and bat exclusion on coffee pest control at multiple spatial scales. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, v. 32, n. 9, p. 1907-1920, SEP 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
PRIST, PAULA RIBEIRO; DANDREA, PAULO SERGIO; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Landscape, Climate and Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome Outbreaks. ECOHEALTH, v. 14, n. 3, p. 614-629, SEP 2017. Web of Science Citations: 3.
PRIST, PAULA RIBEIRO; URIARTE, MARIA; FERNANDES, KATIA; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Climate change and sugarcane expansion increase Hantavirus infection risk. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, v. 11, n. 7 JUL 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
ROSLIN, TOMAS; HARDWICK, BESS; NOVOTNY, VOJTECH; PETRY, WILLIAM K.; ANDREW, NIGEL R.; ASMUS, ASHLEY; BARRIO, ISABEL C.; BASSET, YVES; BOESING, ANDREA LARISSA; BONEBRAKE, TIMOTHY C.; CAMERON, ERIN K.; DATTILO, WESLEY; DONOSO, DAVID A.; DROZD, PAVEL; GRAY, CLAUDIA L.; HIK, DAVID S.; HILL, SARAH J.; HOPKINS, TAPANI; HUANG, SHUYIN; KOANE, BONNY; LAIRD-HOPKINS, BENITA; LAUKKANEN, LIISA; LEWIS, OWEN T.; MILNE, SOL; MWESIGE, ISAIAH; NAKAMURA, AKIHIRO; NELL, COLLEEN S.; NICHOLS, ELIZABETH; PROKURAT, ALENA; SAM, KATERINA; SCHMIDT, NIELS M.; SLADE, ALISON; SLADE, VICTOR; SUCHANKOVA, ALZBETA; TEDER, TIIT; VAN NOUHUYS, SASKYA; VANDVIK, VIGDIS; WEISSFLOG, ANITA; ZHUKOVICH, VITAL; SLADE, ELEANOR M. Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations. Science, v. 356, n. 6339, SI, p. 742-744, MAY 19 2017. Web of Science Citations: 53.
BOESING, ANDREA L.; NICHOLS, ELIZABETH; METZGER, JEAN P. Effects of landscape structure on avian-mediated insect pest control services: a review. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, v. 32, n. 5, p. 931-944, MAY 2017. Web of Science Citations: 11.
SATURNI, FERNANDA TEIXEIRA; JAFFE, RODOLFO; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Landscape structure influences bee community and coffee pollination at different spatial scales. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, v. 235, p. 1-12, NOV 1 2016. Web of Science Citations: 9.
PRIST, PAULA RIBEIRO; URIARTE, MARIA; TAMBOSI, LEANDRO REVERBERI; PRADO, AMANDA; PARDINI, RENATA; D'ANDREA, PAULO SERGIO; METZGER, JEAN PAUL. Landscape, Environmental and Social Predictors of Hantavirus Risk in Sao Paulo, Brazil. PLoS One, v. 11, n. 10 OCT 25 2016. Web of Science Citations: 7.
JAFFE, RODOLFO; CASTILLA, ANTONIO; POPE, NATHANIEL; IMPERATRIZ-FONSECA, VERA LUCIA; METZGER, JEAN PAUL; ARIAS, MARIA CRISTINA; JHA, SHALENE. Landscape genetics of a tropical rescue pollinator. CONSERVATION GENETICS, v. 17, n. 2, p. 267-278, APR 2016. Web of Science Citations: 22.
GREGORY, NICHAR; GOMEZ, ANDRES; OLIVEIRA, TRICIA MARIA F. DE S.; NICHOLS, ELIZABETH. Big dung beetles dig deeper: trait-based consequences for faecal parasite transmission. International Journal for Parasitology, v. 45, n. 2-3, p. 101-105, FEB 2015. Web of Science Citations: 15.

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