Ocean current connectivity propelling the secondary spread of a marine invasive comb jelly across western Eurasia

Jaspers C., Huwer B., ANTAJAN E., HOSIA A., HINRICHSEN H., BIASTOCH A., ...More

GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol.27, no.7, pp.814-827, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/geb.12742
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.814-827
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: Invasive species are of increasing global concern. Nevertheless, the mechanisms driving further distribution after the initial establishment of non-native species remain largely unresolved, especially in marine systems. Ocean currents can be a major driver governing range occupancy, but this has not been accounted for in most invasion ecology studies so far. We investigate how well initial establishment areas are interconnected to later occupancy regions to test for the potential role of ocean currents driving secondary spread dynamics in order to infer invasion corridors and the source-sink dynamics of a non-native holoplanktonic biological probe species on a continental scale.