Stable isotope analysis in food web research: Systematic review and a vision for the future for the Baltic Sea macro-region.

Eglite, Elvita , Mohm, Clarissa and Dierking, Jan (2023) Stable isotope analysis in food web research: Systematic review and a vision for the future for the Baltic Sea macro-region. Open Access Ambio, 52 . pp. 319-338. DOI 10.1007/s13280-022-01785-1.

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Abstract

Food web research provides essential insights into ecosystem functioning, but practical applications in ecosystem-based management are hampered by a current lack of knowledge synthesis. To address this gap, we provide the first systematic review of ecological studies applying stable isotope analysis, a pivotal method in food web research, in the heavily anthropogenically impacted Baltic Sea macro-region. We identified a thriving research field, with 164 publications advancing a broad range of fundamental and applied research topics, but also found structural shortcomings limiting ecosystem-level understanding. We argue that enhanced collaboration and integration, including the systematic submission of Baltic Sea primary datasets to stable isotope databases, would help to overcome many of the current shortcomings, unify the scattered knowledge base, and promote future food web research and science-based resource management. The effort undertaken here demonstrates the value of macro-regional synthesis, in enhancing access to existing data and supporting strategic planning of research agendas.

Document Type: Article
Funder compliance: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/774499
Keywords: Ecosystem-based management; Food web structure and function; Isobank; Knowledge synthesis; Stable isotope ecology; Trophic interaction
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Marine Evolutionary Ecology
Main POF Topic: PT6: Marine Life
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
Publisher: Springer
Projects: BONUS XWEBS, GoJelly
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 13:36
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2024 15:46
URI: https://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/57171

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