Conserving Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes: Model-based Planning Tools

Conserving Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes: Model-based Planning Tools (Hardback)

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 Conserving Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes: Model-based Planning Tools
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Book Description

Habitat loss and fragmentation arguably pose the greatest threats to biological diversity. Agriculture is a 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. Seldom do issues related to species conservation receive consideration during local planning activities. Lack of progress stems partly from scientific inadequacies in understanding the dynamics of complex landscapes, and from a lack of engagement of non-scientific stakeholders by scientists and modelers. The result of these shortcomings is a critical disconnect of conservation issues from the planning infrastructure. This book provides 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 (i.e., sharp edges); 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 of ecologists, economists, statisticians, mathematicians, and land-use specialists.

About the Editor(s):

Robert K. Swihart is a professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, and coordinator of the Upper Wabash Ecosystem Project. His research interests include effects of human activities on wildlife behavior, population dynamics, and community structure, and the application of ecological theory to address problems in land-use planning and conservation. Rob teaches courses in vertebrate ecology and systematics, vertebrate population dynamics, quantitative methods for ecologists, and advanced mammalogy. He received a M.S. in wildlife from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Kansas, and conducted postdoctoral research under a National Institutes of Health national research service award.

Jeffrey E. Moore is a doctoral student in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University. His research interests include mammalian and avian ecology, with an emphasis on the role of habitat fragmentation in mediating trophic interactions of granivores and seed plants. Jeff has teaching experience in wildlife ethology. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife from University of California-Davis and Humboldt State University, respectively.