New book: Corridor Ecology


Foreword by Hugh Possingham

Jodi A. Hilty, Annika T.H. Keeley, William Z. Lidicker, Adina M. Merenlender

Since the first edition of Corridor Ecology was published in 2006, connectivity science has advanced significantly, and the implementation of corridors has become more widespread.

In this new and expanded second edition of Corridor Ecology, we capture the many advances in the field of connectivity science over the past ten years, while retaining information on foundational concepts of connectivity including the theory of island biogeography, metapopulation processes, and the effects of fragmentation.

Evidence that supports the use of corridors as a conservation strategy is thoroughly covered. A greatly revised chapter reviews the field of habitat connectivity modelling which has grown tremendously in recent years. We explain the multitude of approaches and tie the modeling process into the overall process of designing corridors. While we emphasize the need, indeed the necessity, of maintaining or restoring connectivity in the increasingly fragmented landscapes throughout the book, we dedicated one chapter to exploring what can go wrong with corridors and cause them to fail or possibly even make things worse.

New to this edition is a guest-edited chapter by Mark Carr and Elliott Hazen on ecological connectivity in oceans, which includes a detailed discussion on pelagic marine corridors and how coastal corridors can provide critical connectivity between marine protected areas. Another new chapter considers corridors as a tool to facilitate species range shifts, which is one of the most commonly proposed solutions to climate change adaptation and landscape resilience. It offers recommendations on designing effective corridors as landscapes change with shifting climate conditions.

Finally, we provide guiding principles as well as opportunities and challenges to implementing corridors and support these with case studies, both terrestrial and marine, from around the world.


Hilty, J.A., Keeley, A.T.H., Lidicker Jr, W.Z. and Merenlender, A.M. 2019. Corridor Ecology: Linking landscapes for biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation (Second Edition). Island Press.

Hilty, J.A., Lidicker Jr, W.Z. and Merenlender, A.M. 2006. Corridor Ecology: The science and practice of linking landscapes for biodiversity conservation (First Edition). Island Press.
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About the Author:

Annika Keeley
Annika Keeley is a wildlife ecologist with experience in animal behavior, wildlife biology and management, landscape planning, and science education. She earned her Ph.D. in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University. Her dissertation focused on comparing estimates of landscape resistance to animal movement. Previously she worked with temperate and tropical bats, ground squirrels in Canada, corn crakes in Poland, and amphibians in Germany.