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Ask airline passengers what they see as they gaze out the window, and they will describe a fragmented landscape: a patchwork of desert, woodlands, farmlands, and developed neighborhoods. Once-contiguous forests are now subdivided; tallgrass prairies that extended for thousands of miles are now crisscrossed by highways and byways. Whether the result of naturally occurring environmental changes or the product of seemingly unchecked human development, fractured lands significantly impact the planet’s biological diversity. In Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes, Sharon K. Collinge defines fragmentation, explains its various causes, and suggests ways that we can put our lands back together. Researchers have been studying the ecological effects of dismantling nature for decades. In this book, Collinge evaluates this body of research, expertly synthesizing all that is known about the ecology of fragmented landscapes. Expanding on the traditional coverage of this topic, Collinge also discusses disease ecology, restoration, conservation, and planning. Not since Richard T. T. Forman's classic Land Mosaics has there been a more comprehensive examination of landscape fragmentation. Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes is critical reading for ecologists, conservation biologists, and students alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 1. Introduction: Framing the Issues
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Conceptual Frameworks
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. 3. Fragment Size and Isolation
  2. pp. 39-62
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  1. 4. Experimenting with Fragmentation
  2. pp. 63-92
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  1. 5. Fragment Context and Edge Effects
  2. pp. 93-118
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  1. 6. Animal and Plant Movement
  2. pp. 119-141
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  1. 7. Species Interactions
  2. pp. 142-168
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  1. 8. Parasites, Pathogens, and Disease Emergence
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. 9. Modeling
  2. pp. 195-218
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  1. 10. Restoration
  2. pp. 219-245
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  1. 11. Ecological Planning
  2. pp. 246-272
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  1. 12. Some Final Thoughts
  2. pp. 273-279
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  1. Literature Cited
  2. pp. 281-331
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-340
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  1. Errata
  2. p. 341
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801895661
Related ISBN
9780801891380
MARC Record
OCLC
551801300
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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