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Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes


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Sharon Collinge has taken on a challenging topic-the dismantling and potential reassembly of natural landscapes-and done it great justice. Her book is scholarly yet accessible, a must-read for teachers, students, and practitioners of conservation biology. -- Reed F. Noss, University of Central Florida The earth is increasingly an archipelago of habitat fragments in a sea of human development. What have ecologists learned about the impact of this global change? How can conservationists cope with it? Sharon Collinge's book answers these questions by intelligently synthesizing the burgeoning scientific literature on fragmentation and its effects. -- Daniel Simberloff, University of Tennessee Outstanding! This is the best contemporary effort to synthesize known information deriving from conceptual ecology and its appropriate application to the conservation of biodiversity at landscape levels. -- Larry D. Harris, author of The Fragmented Forest

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Foreword, by Richard T. T. FormanPreface1. Introduction2. Conceptual Frameworks3. Fragment Size and Isolation4. Experimenting with Fragmentation5. Fragment Context and Edge Effects6. Animal and Plant Movement7. Species Interactions8. Parasites, Pathogens, and Disease Emergence9. Modeling10. Restoration11. Ecological Planning12. Some Final ThoughtsLiterature CitedIndex

About the Author

Sharon K. Collinge is an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology as well as of environmental studies at the University of Colorado. She is the senior volume editor of Disease Ecology: Community Structure and Pathogen Dynamics.


This important and relevant work is well written and very extensively referenced. Choice Its first-person style, relating often to the author's own experiences, is engaging and personable, and yet the book backs a scientific punch too... Its unassuming style and friendly approach belie it powerful insight and interpretation of a vast literature. -- Robert A. Davis Ecological Management and Restoration Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes is a fascinating, thorough, and positive book, packed with scientific and technical content-an excellent resource for teachers and students of landscape and restoration ecology or for scientifically oriented naturalists. -- Renate Sander-Regier The Canadian Field-Naturalist Nearly all advanced students, researchers and practitioners of landscape ecology, natural area management, ecological restoration, land use planning, and conservation biology would benefit from reading Sharon Collinge's excellent overview of ecosystem fragmentation and its effects.

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