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Lake metasystem ecology and its management applications

In this review article, we outlined key aspects of lakes as metaecosystems. We focused on major lake types across the world and considered their features in a landscape context. We also proposed ideas how metasystems research could be used in the management of populations, communities and ecosystems across sets of lakes.

Lakes in the era of global change: moving beyond single-lake thinking in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. Biological Reviews 96: 89-106.

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Land-use impacts impacts on lake biodiversity and ecosystem services

Here, we reviewed literature on landscape change and its impacts on lakes in boreal regions. We also proposed an approach to examine and quantify change in biodiversity and ecosystem services via using a common currency revolving around the alpha, beta and gamma components used widely in ecological research.

Deciphering land-use influences on boreal lakes to guide landscape planning. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 4: e12242.

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Conserving ecological uniqueness of lake biotic and abiotic features

This study examined the taxonomic and functional uniqueness of lake invertebrate and plant communities as well as abiotic environmental features. We also proposed a general approach whereby ecological uniqueness could be used in the selection of a subset of sites for nature conservation.

Assessing the conservation priority of freshwater lake sites based on taxonomic, functional and environmental uniqueness. Diversity and Distributions 28: 1966–1978.

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Arctic freshwater ecosystems jeopardized by anthropogenic change

Here, we outline trends of freshwater ecosystem change in the Arctic and propose international monitoring of these systems.

Abruptly and irreversibly changing Arctic freshwaters urgently require standardized monitoring. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 1192-1198.

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A phylogenetic hypothesis of aquatic insects and its research applications

This publication proposes a phylogeny for the major aquatic insects orders Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Plecoptera and Trichoptera at the genus level.

A time-calibrated ‘Tree of Life’ of aquatic insects for knitting historical patterns of evolution and measuring extant phylogenetic biodiversity across the world. Earth-Science Reviews 252: 104767.

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Key aspects of management and conservation of riverine systems

Here, we outline seven main issues that should always be considered in the management and conservation of river ecosystems. Although the focus is on northern drainage basins, these general ideas can be applied in any riverine systems worlwide.

A roadmap for sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem services through joint conservation and restoration of northern drainage basins. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 3: e12142.

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Biodiversity change approached using the concept of beta diversity

This review paper outlines empirical research on beta diversity and how it can be used a  measure of ecological change across landscapes and regions worldwide.

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.

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