Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Seminar
Dr. Robert Schooley Presents:
Measuring Landscape Connectivity and Applications to Wildlife Conservation
February 25, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. in W-109 Turner Hall
Landscape connectivity refers to how landscape structure affects movements of animals among habitat patches. How we conceptualize and measure landscape connectivity has important consequences for conserving biodiversity in fragmented landscapes. Understanding landscape connectivity also is necessary for predicting how wildlife species will respond to environmental change. I will discuss some of the past and current applications of landscape connectivity from my lab including conservation of a metapopulation of a rare wetland mammal in Florida, and scaling up from a physiological constraint to broad spatial scales to understand distribution dynamics for amphibians in Midwestern agroecosystems. Finally, I will touch on new applications of landscape connectivity including identifying potential constraints to ecological restoration, and effects of biofuels production on biodiversity.