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Feedback loops between 3D vegetation structure and ecological functions of animals
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  • Nicholas Russo,
  • Andrew Davies,
  • Rachel Blakey,
  • Elsa Ordway,
  • Thomas Smith
Nicholas Russo

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Andrew Davies
Harvard University
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Rachel Blakey
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Elsa Ordway
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Thomas Smith
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Ecosystems function in a series of feedback loops that can change or maintain vegetation structure. Vegetation structure influences the ecological niche space available for animals to partition, shaping many aspects of behavior and reproduction. In turn, animals perform ecological functions that shape vegetation structure. However, most studies concerning 3D vegetation structure consider only one of these relationships. Here, we review these separate lines of research and integrate them into a single concept that describes a feedback mechanism. We also show how remote sensing and animal tracking technologies are now available at the global scale to describe feedback loops and their consequences for ecosystem functioning. An improved understanding of how animals interact with vegetation structure in feedback loops is needed to conserve ecosystems that face major disruptions in response to climate and land use change.
16 Mar 2023Submitted to Ecology Letters
17 Mar 2023Submission Checks Completed
17 Mar 2023Assigned to Editor
17 Mar 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
21 Mar 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
27 Apr 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
07 May 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 May 20231st Revision Received
09 May 2023Submission Checks Completed
09 May 2023Assigned to Editor
16 May 2023Editorial Decision: Accept