Odonata assemblages in human-modified landscapes

Brenda D. Smith, Giovanna Villalobos-Jiménez, Mary Ann C. Perron, Göran Sahlén, Giacomo Assandri, Marina Vilenica, Lenize Batista Calvão, Leandro Juen, Francesco Cerini, Jason T. Bried

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Human activities such as logging, agriculture, and urbanization can drastically change and limit Odonata species distributions in aquatic and terrestrial environments. These modifications may culminate in extirpations of rare and resident species and homogenization of community composition across space. This chapter reviews how human land use is (re)shaping odonate assemblages and focuses on the impacts from logging, agriculture, and urbanization. Deeper appreciation and analysis of regulatory mechanisms (e.g. vulnerability traits, species interactions, phylogenetic niche conservatism) and background “noise” (e.g. natural heterogeneity, climate change, historical context) will be important in understanding and predicting odonate community responses to ongoing and future landscape alteration.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDragonflies and Damselflies
Subtitle of host publicationModel Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research
EditorsAlex Cordoba-Aguilar, Christopher Beatty, Jason Bried
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191924903
ISBN (Print)9780192898623
StatePublished - Feb 15 2023


  • agricultural land use
  • urbanization
  • urban heat islands
  • secondary habitat
  • reservoirs
  • logging
  • historical landscapes
  • ecological traps
  • changing landscapes


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