Conserving mobile species

Runge, Claire A., Martin, Tara G., Possingham, Hugh P., Willis, Stephen G. and Fuller, Richard A. (2014) Conserving mobile species. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12 7: 395-402. doi:10.1890/130237

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Author Runge, Claire A.
Martin, Tara G.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Willis, Stephen G.
Fuller, Richard A.
Title Conserving mobile species
Journal name Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1540-9295
1540-9309
Publication date 2014-09-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1890/130237
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 12
Issue 7
Start page 395
End page 402
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Language eng
Abstract The distributions of many species are dynamic in space and time, and movements made by individuals range from regular and predictable migrations to erratic, resource-driven nomadism. Conserving such mobile species is challenging; the effectiveness of a conservation action taken at one site depends on the condition of other sites that may be geographically and politically distant (thousands of kilometers away or in another jurisdiction, for example). Recent work has shown that even simple and predictable linkages among sites caused by "to-and-fro" migration can make migratory species especially vulnerable to habitat loss, and substantially affect the results of conservation prioritizations. Species characterized by more erratic or nomadic movements are very difficult to protect through current conservation planning techniques, which typically view species distributions as static. However, collaborations between migration ecologists, conservation planners, and mathematical ecologists are paving the way for improvements in conservation planning for mobile species.
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The distributions of many species are dynamic in space and time, and movements made by individuals range from regular and predictable migrations to erratic, resource-driven nomadism. Conserving such mobile species is challenging; the effectiveness of a conservation action taken at one site depends on the condition of other sites that may be geographically and politically distant (thousands of kilometers away or in another jurisdiction, for example). Recent work has shown that even simple and predictable linkages among sites caused by “to-and-fro” migration can make migratory species especially vulnerable to habitat loss, and substantially affect the results of conservation prioritizations. Species characterized by more erratic or nomadic movements are very difficult to protect through current conservation planning techniques, which typically view species distributions as static. However, collaborations between migration ecologists, conservation planners, and mathematical ecologists are paving the way for improvements in conservation planning for mobile species.
Keyword Ecology
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP100200418
Institutional Status UQ

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