Synthesis and Future Perspectives on Carrion Ecology and Management

  • Pedro P. OleaEmail author
  • Patricia Mateo-Tomás
  • José A. Sánchez-Zapata
Part of the Wildlife Research Monographs book series (WIREMO, volume 2)


In this chapter we draw a general synthesis of the emerging and understudied field of carrion ecology, summarizing the main conclusions of the book and highlight some key questions identified by the chapters’ authors as the most relevant to answer in this field in the near future. Finally, we identify some challenges scavengers and scavenging processes face in the increasingly humanized ecosystems that characterize the Antropocene.


Biodiversity hotspots Carrion decomposition Ecosystem services Food webs Human-mediated carrion Interdisciplinarity Necrobiome Scavenging Toxic residues 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro P. Olea
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Patricia Mateo-Tomás
    • 3
    • 4
  • José A. Sánchez-Zapata
    • 5
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Cambio Global (CIBC-UAM)Universidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de EcologíaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE), Department of Life SciencesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  4. 4.Research Unit of Biodiversity(UMIB, UO/CSIC/PA)MieresSpain
  5. 5.Departamento de Biología AplicadaUniversidad Miguel HernándezElcheSpain

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