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Shrinking habitats have adverse effects on world ecosystems

Monday, March 23, 2015

Results of a global study that includes findings from the KU Field Station Habitat Fragmentation experiment were published Friday, March 20, in the journal Science Advances. The study summarizes the findings of seven long-term habitat fragmentation experiments conducted on five continents. The findings of the study “indicate an urgent need for conservation and restoration measures to improve landscape connectivity, which will reduce extinction rates and help maintain ecosystem services.”

The paper is the culmination of three years of work by the International Habitat Fragmentation working group led by Nick Haddad (North Carolina State). The group of 24 authors includes four KU researchers past and present: Bryan Foster, Bob Holt, Cathy Collins and Bill Cook.

North Carolina State University issued a press release titled "Shrinking habitats have adverse effects on world ecosystems" on March 20 about the research. The news also was featured on the following websites:

The New Yorker
The National Science Foundation
The National Audubon Society
Science Daily
McGill University


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