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Corridors for Conservation: Integrating Pattern and Process

Corridors are commonly used to connect fragments of wildlife habi-tat, yet the identification of conservation corridors typically neglectsprocesses of habitat selection and movement for target organisms.Instead, corridor designs often are based on binary patterns of habi-tat suitability. New technologies and analytical tools make it possibleto better integrate landscape patterns with behavioral processes. Weshow how resource selection functions can be used to describe habi-tat suitability with continuous and multivariable metrics and reviewmethods by which animal movement can be quantified, analyzed, andmodeled. We then show how the processes of habitat selection andmovement can be integrated with landscape features using least-costpaths, graph theory, and step selection functions. These tools offernew ways to design, implement, and study corridors as landscapelinkages more objectively and holistically.
Type
Peer-reviewed article
Year
2006
Author(s)
Cheryl-Lesley B. Chetkiewicz, Colleen Cassady St. Clair and Mark S. Boyce
Journal
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
DOI
https://www.edc.uri.edu/nrs/cl...
Country
Canada
Tags
Open access

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