The Ecological Society of America article co-authored by Planning Faculty, Ryan Perkl.

The Role of Landscape Connectivity in Planning and
Implementing Conservation and Restoration Priorities, co-authored by Dr. Ryan Perkl

Landscape connectivity, the extent to which a landscape facilitates the movements of organisms and their genes, faces
critical threats from both fragmentation and habitat loss. Many conservation efforts focus on protecting and
enhancing connectivity to offset the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on biodiversity conservation, and to
increase the resilience of reserve networks to potential threats associated with climate change. Loss of connectivity can
reduce the size and quality of available habitat, impede and disrupt movement (including dispersal) to new habitats, and
affect seasonal migration patterns. These changes can lead, in turn, to detrimental effects for populations and species,
including decreased carrying capacity, population declines, loss of genetic variation, and ultimately species extinction.  Read more...

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 10:30am