Top 5 Digests of 2019


Seismic line patterns in Alberta’s oil sands region

Sesimic lines and forest fragmentation in Canada’s western boreal forest

January 22

Tree and shrub removal for gas and oil exploration can create corridors through the forest that lead to some unique ecological responses. Researchers at the University of Alberta have been looking at ways that seismic lines affect everything from butterflies and shrubs to light and wind patterns.



grassland-habitatHabitat fragmentation, habitat amount, and conservation (Part I)

February 28

The habitat amount hypothesis continues to ignite debates about biodiversity and the best ways to conserve it.  Nick Haddad discusses: should conservation efforts in fragmented landscapes focus on area alone, or should fragmentation be the center of attention?




How wide should a corridor be?

January 15

Paul Beier gives an answer to one of the simplest – and most pressing – questions in connectivity conservation with a straightforward rule of thumb. 




A decade of research finds corridors effectively increase species movement, fitness, and richness

August 12

A new meta-analysis looks into studies from the past 10 years to determine whether corridors are an effective strategy to mitigate the effect of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity. Although corridor effects can vary, their benefits have become increasingly clear for a variety of taxa.


Forest borderReview: climate change and land-use change as the biggest challenges to future connectivity

February 26

A new review details recent advances and the challenges of designing connectivity networks, given the twin challenges of climate change and land-use change. It also provides a simple framework to make design decisions easier when multiple global change forces come into play.



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About the Author:

Heather Cayton
Heather Cayton is the Managing Director of and a Research Assistant at Michigan State University. She received her B.S. from the University of Virginia and her M.S. from Virginia Tech, and has spent over 10 years studying corridors and rare butterflies in North Carolina.