Samantha J. Capon, Gary J. Palmer, Turning over a new leaf: the role of novel riparian ecosystems in catchment management, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3, July 2018, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/turning-new-leaf-role-novel-riparian-ecosystems-catchment-management/) Abstract: Novel riparian ecosystems Novel ecosystems can be broadly defined as those in which historically unprecedented combinations of species occur, primarily as a result of human influences, and which interact with their environments (including artificial elements such as bridges, roads, etc.) in new ways, often exhibiting novel ecological functions.1 In heavily modified, human-dominated catchments, novel ecosystems are increasingly prevalent in riparian areas, as well as in upland areas and aquatic habitats, and are widely expected to become more common under climate change as species move in response to shifting conditions.2,3 Riparian zones are particularly prone to invasion by exotic plant species due to high levels of natural and human disturbance and connectivity, providing multiple pathways for the establishment and spread of invading taxa (Figure 1).4,5 Furthermore, exotic plants in riparian zones often act as ecosystem engineers, strongly influencing the development of novel … Topics: Conservation