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Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies

Ensure populations of conservation or restoration concern remain connected in changing landscapes

The Monarch Butterfly, Kirtland's Warbler, and Wood turtles are just a few species vulnerable to environmental change.Populations of plants and animals become vulnerable to environmental changes based on their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity to these changes. Traditional small-scale studies cannot provide the large-scale or range-wide information needed to determine to what extent environmental conditions contribute to patterns of ‘adaptive’ ability, nor how to determine whether adequate exchange of individuals is occurring. Our researchers use novel approaches such as landscape genetics or stable isotopes (i.e., isoscapes) to reveal previously unknown patterns of organism movement and structure, and help place site-level findings in a broader perspective. Understanding how and why populations are spatially and temporally structured can help inform landscape-scale conservation and restoration actions within context of today’s contemporary issues.

Determining effects of landscape and forest composition changes on wildlife populations 

Response of the male Kirtland’s warbler population to the changing landscape

Last updated on: December 8, 2016

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