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Asked 29th Mar, 2017

If biodiversity is increasing, is it beneficial to the current species inhabiting Yellowstone?

Deciduous trees has increase and waterfowl has decreased in an already considered dry area 

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31st Mar, 2017
Kenneth Opiyo Odhiambo
University of Eldoret
I think it would be beneficial, to the extent of habitat heterogeneity. Higher biodiversity leads to greater stability of community structure.

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29th Mar, 2017
Şerban Procheş
University of KwaZulu-Natal
As with any changes in the abiotic or biotic environment, an increase in overall diversity will probably be beneficial to some pre-existing species, but not others. In terms of management, one would most often focus on how this impacts keystone species, and to understand how exactly that works you need comments from people with local knowledge. Aside from keystone species, whether protected area management should promote higher biodiversity per se, is debatable. In cold-temperate regions, global warming will result in biodiversity increasing, but in altered ecosystem function, which most researchers would qualify as not desirable.
29th Mar, 2017
Rafi Kent
Bar Ilan University
This is of course species specific, as the first replier wrote. Generally though, there is a conception that increased richness also increases ecosystem stability. This isea is only half true, but considering that the additional specis are local and were absent due to local extinctions, and are now re-establishing, it is definitely desirable
29th Mar, 2017
Marcelo Eduardo Rojas Vidal
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
Only if biodiversity belongs to the natural ecosystem of Yellowstone, if not impossible.
30th Mar, 2017
Irina Ivanko
Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovs’k National University
It is necessary to take into account what species of plants and types of ecosystems biodiversity is increasing. If this occurs at the expense of alien species and ecosystems, where they dominate, then we believe this can not be considered as a true increase in biodiversity. Due to this, current species are expelled and current ecosystems are transformed. This we are now witnessing in the steppe zone of Ukraine. Sorry for my English
30th Mar, 2017
Banwari Yadav
Manika Lal Verma Government College
  • I agree with Ivanko that what type of species are increasing. In case of alien species they will expell the native species from the ecosystems.If the native species are increasing
30th Mar, 2017
Zameer Ali Palh
University of Sindh
 agreed'
31st Mar, 2017
Banwari Yadav
Manika Lal Verma Government College
If the native species are increasing that will be beneficial to the ecosystems because there will be more competition at each trophic level. If the population of one species is decreased that will be immediately replaced by another species and thef 
31st Mar, 2017
V P Upadhyay
Retired from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) India
Natural increase in biodiversity will have both abiotic and biotic componets in control as food chain of the ecosystem get balanced. The Human  intervention to increase the biodiversity in nay ecosystem will certainly disturb current species structure and function.
31st Mar, 2017
Francis Gbogbo
University of Ghana
I agreed with the earlier submissions. However, a decrease in waterfowls may not necessarily be related to increasing deciduous trees. Some waterfowls are migratory and are affected by factors at broader scale. 
31st Mar, 2017
Veronica Sărăţeanu
Banat's University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine ”King Michael I of Romania” from Timisoara, Romania
The increase of biodiversity is desirable in terms of native species as a consequence of the natural resilience of the ecosystem. I agree with the responses from above, that real biodiversity doesn't consider the alien species.
31st Mar, 2017
Aaron Young
Chatham University
I agree with the above comments that true biodiversity does not account for the alien species whereas a broad scope of biodiversity may take into account ecosystem shifts for all species.  However, when considering climatic shifts, forest succession, and rebounding habitat, there is an expectation for biodiversity loss accompanying some gain in species richness.  If the gains don't accompany the losses, then there is obviously a problem.
31st Mar, 2017
Kenneth Opiyo Odhiambo
University of Eldoret
I think it would be beneficial, to the extent of habitat heterogeneity. Higher biodiversity leads to greater stability of community structure.

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