Heather Cayton

About Heather Cayton

Heather Cayton is the Managing Director of ConservationCorridor.org and a Research Technician at North Carolina State University. She received her B.S. from the University of Virginia and her M.S. from Virginia Tech, and has spent the past eight years studying corridors and rare butterflies in North Carolina.

Does increased connectivity help spread disease?

2016-10-14T10:10:31+00:00 September 24th, 2015|

There has been long-standing concern that increasing connectivity between habitat patches could have the negative effect of allowing diseases to more easily spread.  Most of this concern has been proven unfounded, although the complexity of [...]

Prioritizing patches as habitat losses accumulate

2016-10-14T10:10:41+00:00 January 23rd, 2015|

Not all patches are created equal. When making priorities to conserve biodiversity given limited resources, some patches will inevitably be lost. Conventional methodology looks to rank patches individually, and then allow less important patches to [...]