BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation

Pfeifer, Marion, Lefebvre, Veronique, Gardner, Toby A., Arroyo-Rodriguez, Victor, Baeten, Lander, Banks-Leite, Cristina, Barlow, Jose, Betts, Matthew G., Brunet, Joerg, Cerezo, Alexis, Cisneros, Laura M., Collard, Stuart, D'Cruze, Neil, da Silva Motta, Catarina, Duguay, Stephanie, Eggermont, Hilde, Eigenbrod, Felix, Hadley, Adam S., Hanson, Thor R., Hawes, Joseph E., Heartsill Scalley, Tamara, Klingbeil, Brian T., Kolb, Annette, Kormann, Urs, Kumar, Sunil, Lachat, Thibault, Lakeman Fraser, Poppy, Lantschner, Victoria, Laurance, William F., Leal, Inara R., Lens, Luc, Marsh, Charles J., Medina-Rangel, Guido F., Melles, Stephanie, Mezger, Dirk, Oldekop, Johan A., Overal, William L., Owen, Charlotte, Peres, Carlos A., Phalan, Ben, Pidgeon, Anna M., Pilia, Oriana, Possingham, Hugh P., Possingham, Max L., Raheem, Dinarzarde.C., Ribeiro, Danilo B., Ribeiro Neto, Jose D., Douglas Robinson, W., Robinson, Richard, Rytwinski, Trina, Scherber, Christoph, Slade, Eleanor M., Somarriba, Eduardo, Stouffer, Philip C., Struebig, Matthew J., Tylianakis, Jason M., Tscharntke, Teja, Tyre, Andrew J., Urbina Cardona, Jose N., Vasconcelos, Heraldo L., Wearn, Oliver, Wells, Kostans, Willig, Michael R., Wood, Ereic, Young, Richard P., Bradley, Andrew V. and Ewers, Robert M. (2014) BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution, 4 9: 1524-1537. doi:10.1002/ece3.1036

Author Pfeifer, Marion
Lefebvre, Veronique
Gardner, Toby A.
Arroyo-Rodriguez, Victor
Baeten, Lander
Banks-Leite, Cristina
Barlow, Jose
Betts, Matthew G.
Brunet, Joerg
Cerezo, Alexis
Cisneros, Laura M.
Collard, Stuart
D'Cruze, Neil
da Silva Motta, Catarina
Duguay, Stephanie
Eggermont, Hilde
Eigenbrod, Felix
Hadley, Adam S.
Hanson, Thor R.
Hawes, Joseph E.
Heartsill Scalley, Tamara
Klingbeil, Brian T.
Kolb, Annette
Kormann, Urs
Kumar, Sunil
Lachat, Thibault
Lakeman Fraser, Poppy
Lantschner, Victoria
Laurance, William F.
Leal, Inara R.
Lens, Luc
Marsh, Charles J.
Medina-Rangel, Guido F.
Melles, Stephanie
Mezger, Dirk
Oldekop, Johan A.
Overal, William L.
Owen, Charlotte
Peres, Carlos A.
Phalan, Ben
Pidgeon, Anna M.
Pilia, Oriana
Possingham, Hugh P.
Possingham, Max L.
Raheem, Dinarzarde.C.
Ribeiro, Danilo B.
Ribeiro Neto, Jose D.
Douglas Robinson, W.
Robinson, Richard
Rytwinski, Trina
Scherber, Christoph
Slade, Eleanor M.
Somarriba, Eduardo
Stouffer, Philip C.
Struebig, Matthew J.
Tylianakis, Jason M.
Tscharntke, Teja
Tyre, Andrew J.
Urbina Cardona, Jose N.
Vasconcelos, Heraldo L.
Wearn, Oliver
Wells, Kostans
Willig, Michael R.
Wood, Ereic
Young, Richard P.
Bradley, Andrew V.
Ewers, Robert M.
Title BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation
Journal name Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2045-7758
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ece3.1036
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 9
Start page 1524
End page 1537
Total pages 14
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract Habitat fragmentation studies have produced complex results that are challenging to synthesize. Inconsistencies among studies may result from variation in the choice of landscape metrics and response variables, which is often compounded by a lack of key statistical or methodological information. Collating primary datasets on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in a consistent and flexible database permits simple data retrieval for subsequent analyses. We present a relational database that links such field data to taxonomic nomenclature, spatial and temporal plot attributes, and environmental characteristics. Field assessments include measurements of the response(s) (e.g., presence, abundance, ground cover) of one or more species linked to plots in fragments within a partially forested landscape. The database currently holds 9830 unique species recorded in plots of 58 unique landscapes in six of eight realms: mammals 315, birds 1286, herptiles 460, insects 4521, spiders 204, other arthropods 85, gastropods 70, annelids 8, platyhelminthes 4, Onychophora 2, vascular plants 2112, nonvascular plants and lichens 320, and fungi 449. Three landscapes were sampled as long-term time series (>10 years). Seven hundred and eleven species are found in two or more landscapes. Consolidating the substantial amount of primary data available on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in the context of land-use change and natural disturbances is an essential part of understanding the effects of increasing anthropogenic pressures on land. The consistent format of this database facilitates testing of generalizations concerning biologic responses to fragmentation across diverse systems and taxa. It also allows the re-examination of existing datasets with alternative landscape metrics and robust statistical methods, for example, helping to address pseudo-replication problems. The database can thus help researchers in producing broad syntheses of the effects of land use. The database is dynamic and inclusive, and contributions from individual and large-scale data-collection efforts are welcome.
Keyword Bioinformatics
Data sharing
Edge effects
Forest fragmentation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID 281986
Institutional Status UQ

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