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Understanding habitat connectivity
Nationally and across the Great Plains ecosystem, expanding exurban and urban development patterns and large-scale shifts in ecological conditions have the potential to result in increasing habitat loss and fragmentation.
This project, as part of the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GPLCC) uses state-of-the-art spatial analysis and modeling approaches to estimate the effect of changes on habitat area, fragmentation, and corridor network connectivity. Our products provide detailed and specific management recommendations at scales relevant to population viability.
We have evaluated three focal species selected from existing lists of species of conservation concern as specified in the State Wildlife Action Plans that represent a broad range of life-history and dispersal characteristics:
The products from this research include:
Computational Ecology Laboratory
Division of Biological Sciences (DBS)
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive, HS 507
Missoula MT, 59812-1002
Phone: (406) 243-2393
Fax: (406) 243-4184