Global taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of stream macroinvertebrate communities: unravelling spatial trends, ecological determinants and anthropogenic threats


The project GloBioTrends (1) aims at understanding taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic differences among invertebrate faunas across the world, (2) examines variation in the responses of biodiversity to natural and anthropogenic factors within distinct regions, and (3) predicts how environmental changes at global, regional and local scales affect biodiversity.

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Academy of Finland - Academy Project

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University of Oulu

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Faculty of Science

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Anthropogenic activities threaten biodiversity at global, regional and local scales. Addressing this situation requires knowledge of the main mechanisms underlying biodiversity patterns. While the threats facing large, charismatic organisms are relatively well-known, those facing small-sized organisms inhabiting freshwater ecosystems are poorly studied, especially at large scales and in terms of joint examination of different facets, i.e. taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional facets of biodiversity. This scarcity of knowledge is largely due to the absence of an organized dataset on functional and phylogenetic information. The project GloBioTrends (1) aims to increase understanding of functional and phylogenetic differences among stream macroinvertebrate faunas across the world, (2) examines variation in the responses of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic biodiversity to natural and anthropogenic factors within distinct regions, and (3) predicts how environmental changes at global, regional and local scales affect stream macroinvertebrate biodiversity.

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Selected recent publications associated with the GloBioTrends project

Rolls, R.J., Deane, D.C., Johnson, S.E., Heino, J., Anderson, M.J. & Ellingsen, K. E. (2023) Biotic homogenisation and differentiation as directional change in beta diversity: synthesising driver-response relationships to develop conceptual models across ecosystems. Biological Reviews 98: 1388-1423.

Moi, D., Barrios, M., Tesitore, G., Burwood, M., Romero, G., Mormul, R., Kratina, P., Juen, L., Michelan, T., Montag, L., Cruz, G., García-Girón, J., Heino, J., Hughes, R., Figueiredo, B. & Teixeira de Mello, F. (2023) Human land-uses homogenize stream assemblages and reduce animal biomass production. Journal of Animal Ecology 92: 1176-1189.

Li, Z., Heino, J., Zhang, J., Ge, Y., Liu, Z., & Xie, Z. (2023) Unravelling the factors affecting multiple facets of macroinvertebrate beta diversity in the World's Third Pole. Journal of Biogeography 50: 792-804.

Liu, Z., Heino, J., Ge, Y., Zhou, T., Jiang, Y., Mo, Y., Cui, Y., Wang, W., Chen, Y., Zhang, J. & Xie, Z. (2023) A refined functional group approach reveals novel insights into effects of urbanization on river macroinvertebrate communities. Landscape Ecology, in press.

Grigoropoulou, A. and 94 coauthors including Heino, J. and García-Girón, J. (2023) The Global EPTO Database: worldwide occurrences of aquatic insects. Global Ecology and Biogeography 32: 642-655.

Ge, Y., García-Girón, J., Heino, J., Liu, Z., Zhang, C., Yan, Y., Li, Z. & Xie, Z. (2023) Dispersal syndromes mediate phylogenetic distance decay relationships in a dendritic stream network. Journal of Biogeography 50: 897-908.

Wang, J., Bao, S., Zhang, K., Heino, J., Jiang, X., Liu, Z. & Tao, J. (2023) Responses of macroinvertebrate functional trait structure to river damming: from within-river to basin-scale patterns. Environmental Research 220: 115255.

Tao, J., Ding, C., Chen, J., Ding, L., Brosse, S., Heino, J., Hermoso, V., Wu, R., Wang, Z., Hu, J., Che, R., Jin, X., Ji, S. & He, D. (2023) Boosting freshwater fish conservation by high-resolution distribution mapping across a large territory. Conservation Biology, in press.

Jacquet, C., Munoz, F., Bonada, N., Datry, T., Heino, J. & Jabot, F. (2022) Disturbance-driven alteration of patch connectivity determines local biodiversity recovery within metacommunities. Ecography 12: e06199.

Liu, Z., Heino, J., Soininen, J., Zhou, T., Wang, W., Cui, Y., Chen, Y., Li, Z., Zhang, J. & Xie, Z. (2022) Different responses of incidence-weighted and abundance-weighted multiple facets of macroinvertebrate beta diversity to urbanization in a subtropical river system. Ecological Indicators 143: 109357.

Schmera, D., Heino, J. & Podani, J. (2022) Characterising functional strategies and trait space of freshwater macroinvertebrates. Scientific Reports 12: 12283.

Heino, J. & Koljonen, S. (2022) A roadmap for sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem services through joint conservation and restoration of northern drainage basins. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 3: e12142.

Liu, Z., Zhou, T., Heino, J., Castro, D.M.P., Cui, Y., Li, Z., Wang, W., Chen, Y. & Xie, Z. (2022) Land conversion induced by urbanization leads to taxonomic and functional homogenization of a river macroinvertebrate metacommunity. Science of the Total Environment 825: 153940.

Maasri, A., Jähnig, S., Adamescu, M., Adrian, R., Baigun, C., Baird, D., Batista-Morales, A., Bonada, N., Brown, L., Cai, Q., Campos-Silva, J., Clausnitzer, V., Contreras-MacBeath, T., Cooke, S., Datry, T., Delacamara, G., De Meester, L., Dijkstra, Klaas-Douwe; D., Domisch, S., Dudgeon, D., Eros, T., Freitag, H., Freyhof, J., Friedrich, J., Friedrichs-Manthey, M., Geist, J., Gessner, M., Goethals, P., Gollock, M., Gordon, C., Grossart, H.P., Gulemvuga, G., Gutiérrez-Fonseca, P., Haase, P., Hering, D., Hahn, H. J., Hawkins, C., He, F., Heino, J., Hermoso, V., Hogan, Z., Hölker, F., Jeschke, J., Jiang, M., Johnson, R., Kalinkat, G., Karimov, B., Kasangaki, A., Kimirei, I., Kohlmann, B., Kummerlen, M., Kuiper, J., Kupilas, B., Langhans, S., Lansdown, R., Leese, F., Magbanua, F., Matsuzaki, S., Monaghan, M., Mumladze, L., Muzon, J., Mvogo Ndongo, P., Nejstgaard, J., Nikitina, O., Ochs, C., Odume, O. N., Opperman, J., Patricio, H., Pauls, S., Raghavan, R., Ramirez, A., Rashni, B., Ross-Gillespie, V., Samways, M., Schaefer, R., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Seehausen, O., Shah, D. N., Sharma, S., Soininen, J., Sommerwerk, N., Stockwell, J., Suhling, F., Tachamo S., Tharme, R., Thorp, J., Tickner, D., Tockner, K., Tonkin, J., Valle, M., Vitule, J., Volk, M., Wang, D., Wolter, C. & Worischka, S. (2022) A global agenda for advancing freshwater biodiversity research. Ecology Letters 25: 255–263.

Haubrock, P.J., Ahmed, D.A., Cuthbert, R.N., Stubbington, R., Domisch, S., Marquez, J.R.G., Beidas, A., Amatulli, G., Kiesel, J., Shen, L.Q., Soto, I., Angeler, D., Bonada, N. Csabai, Z., Datry, T., de Eyto, E., Dohet, A., Drohan, E., England, J., Feio, M.J., Forio, M.A..E., Goethals, P., Graf, W., Heino, J., Hudgins, E.J., Jähnig, S.C., Johnson, R.K., Larrañaga, A., Leitner, P., L'Hoste, L., Lizee, M.-H., Maire, A., Rasmussen, J.J., Schäfer, R.B., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Vannevel, R., Várbíró, G., Wiberg-Larsen, P. & Haase, P. (2022) Invasion impacts and dynamics of a European-wide introduced species. Global Change Biology 28: 4620-4632.

García‒Girón, J., Tolonen, K.T., Soininen, J., Snåre, H., Pajunen, V. & Heino, J. (2022) Anthropogenic land‒use impacts on the size structure of macroinvertebrate assemblages are jointly modulated by local conditions and spatial processes. Environmental Research 204: 112055.

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