Connectivity Conservation

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Shelfmark: CP/NE/001

This volume is one of a series on Conservation Biology produced by The Zoological Society of London in collaboration with Cambridge University Press. Connectivity Conservation was published in 2006, and was chosen for this week’s Book of the Week following the inaugural meeting of the CCF Connectivity Conservation Working Group just over a week ago. Each chapter in this volume has been written and reviewed by experts in the field. Contributions are recorded from North and South America, Canada, Finland and Australia.


One of the biggest threats to the survival of many plant and animal species is the destruction of fragmentation of their natural habitats. the conservation of landscape connections, where animals, plants, and ecological processes can move freely form one habitat patch to another, is therefore an essential part of any new conservation or environmental protection plan. In practice, however, maintaining, creating, and protecting connectivity in our increasingly dissected world is a daunting challenge. This fascinating volume provides a synthesis on the current status and literature of connectivity research and implementation. It shows the challenges involved in applying existing knowledge to real-world examples and highlights areas in need of further study. Containing contributions from leading scientists and practitioners, this topical and thought-provoking volume will be essential reading for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners working in conservation biology and natural resource management.


1. Connectivity conservation: maintaining connections for nature

Part I – Approaches to connectivity research

Introduction: Connectivity research – what are the issues?
2. Landscape connectivity: a return to the basics
3. Connectivity and metapopulation dynamics in highly fragmented landscapes
4. Genetics and landscape connectivity
5. Connectivity at the land-water interface
6. Influence of natural landscape fragmentation and resource availability on distribution and connectivity of gray wolves (Canis lupus) in the archipelago of coastal British Columbia, Canada
7. Migratory connectivity
8. Connectivity and wide-ranging species in the ocean
10. Hydrologic connectivity: a neglected dimension of conservation biology
11. Connectivity and ecosystem services: crop pollination in agricultural landscapes

Part II – Assessing connectivity

Introduction: Evaluating and quantifying the conservation dividends of connectivity
12. Quantifying connectivity: balancing metric performance with data requirements
13. Assessing connectivity in salmonid fishes with DNA microsatellite markers
14. Individual-based modeling as a tool for conserving connectivity
15. Linking connectivity to viability: insights from spatially explicit population models of large carnivores
16. Impacts of corridors on populations and communities
17. Exploring the functional connectivity of landscapes using landscape networks

Part III – Challenges and implementation of connectivity conservation

Introduction: Don’t fence me in
18. Hyperconnectivity, invasive species, and the breakdown of barriers to dispersal
19. Disease and connectivity
20. Maintaining and restoring connectivity in landscapes fragmented by roads
21. Where to draw the line: integrating feasibility into connectivity planning
22. South coast missing linkages: restoring connectivity to the wildlands in the largest metropolitan areas in the USA
23. Incorporating connectivity into broad-scale conservation planning
24. Escaping the minimalist trap: design and implementation of large-scale biodiversity corridors
25. The role of connectivity in Australian conservation
26. The future of connectivity conservation

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