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.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
This important and relevant work is well written and very extensively reference. Choice 2009 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 2010 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 2009