Integrating landscape ecology and conservation physiology

Ellis, Rebecca D., McWhorter, Todd J. and Maron, Martine (2012) Integrating landscape ecology and conservation physiology. Landscape Ecology, 27 1: 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10980-011-9671-6

Author Ellis, Rebecca D.
McWhorter, Todd J.
Maron, Martine
Title Integrating landscape ecology and conservation physiology
Journal name Landscape Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-2973
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s10980-011-9671-6
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Dordrecht, Germany
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The need to understand how anthropogenic landscape alteration affects fauna populations has never been more pressing. The importance of developing an understanding of the processes behind local extinction is widely acknowledged, but inference from spatial patterns of fauna distribution continues to dominate. However, this approach is limited in its ability to generate strong predictions about future distributions and local extinctions, especially when population-level responses to landscape alteration are subject to long time lags. We review the potential for indices of physiological stress and condition to contribute to understanding of how landscape pattern affects species persistence. Such measures can indicate habitat quality from the perspective of the individual animal, and can reveal environmental stressors before their negative consequences begin to manifest at a population level. Spatial patterns of chronic stress may therefore yield valuable insight into how landscape alteration influences species. We propose that the emerging disciplines of conservation physiology and macrophysiology have much to offer spatial ecology, and have great potential to reveal the physiological pathways through which habitat alteration affects fauna populations and their persistence in fragmented landscapes.
Keyword Body condition
Chronic stress
Habitat fragmentation
Habitat quality
Physiological indicators
Spatial ecology
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 8 November 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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