Although agricultural lands are typically some of the worst areas for biological diversity, Swihart (forestry and natural resources, Purdue U.) believes that the incorporation of geospatial modeling techniques into community planning processes can significantly mediate the problem. He brings together 15 interdisciplinary chapters that explain the science and practice of the spatially structured modeling techniques and their application to simulations of habitat loss and planning practice. They also address the ...
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Habitat loss and fragmentation arguably pose the greatest threats to biological diversity. Agriculture is dominant land use that, along with urban sprawl and residential development, can reduce the amount and connectedness of natural areas required by many native species. Unfortunately, progress has been slow in integrating nature and biodiversity protection into community planning in intensively farmed regions, especially in America's heartland. Conserving Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes seeks to bridge the gap between land-users and the scientists who study their effects by providing a blueprint for advancing conceptual understanding of conservation in agricultural regions. It accomplishes this with a two-pronged approach: first, by developing spatially structured models that acknowledge the link between socio-economic drivers of land-use change and the dynamics of species occupying agricultural landscapes with abrupt changes in land cover; and second, by providing guidelines and examples to enable scientists to effectively engage stakeholders in participatory learning and planning activities that integrate biodiversity with other, more traditional considerations. The structure of the book is truly interdisciplinary, linking the efforts to ecologists, economists, statisticians, mathematicians, and land-use specialists.