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.
Ecology of Fragmented Landscapesby Sharon K. Collinge
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… See more details below
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.
Johns Hopkins University Press
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.
Nearly all advanced students, researchers and practitioners of landscape ecology, natural area management, ecological restoration, land use planning, and conservation biology would benefit from reading Sharon Collinge's excellent overview of ecosystem fragmentation and its effects.
Johns Hopkins University Press
This important and relevant work is well written and very extensively referenced.
Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes is a fascinating, thorough, and positive book, packed with scientific and technical contentan excellent resource for teachers and students of landscape and restoration ecology or for scientifically oriented naturalists.
- Johns Hopkins University Press
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The earth is increasingly an archipelago of habitat fragments in a sea of human development. What have ecologists learned about the impact of this global change? How can conservationists cope with it? Sharon Collinge’s book answers these questions by intelligently synthesizing the burgeoning scientific literature on fragmentation and its effects.
Sharon Collinge has taken on a challenging topicthe dismantling and potential reassembly of natural landscapesand done it great justice. Her book is scholarly yet accessible, a must-read for teachers, students, and practitioners of conservation biology.
Outstanding! This is the best contemporary effort to synthesize known information deriving from conceptual ecology and its appropriate application to the conservation of biodiversity at landscape levels.
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