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A multi-scale assessment of population connectivity in African lions (Panthera leo) in response to landscape changeAuthor(s): Samuel A. Cushman; Nicholas B. Elliot; David W. Macdonald; Andrew J. Loveridge
Source: Landscape Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0292-3.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionHabitat loss and fragmentation are among the major drivers of population declines and extinction, particularly in large carnivores. Connectivity models provide practical tools for assessing fragmentation effects and developing mitigation or conservation responses. To be useful to conservation practitioners, connectivity models need to incorporate multiple scales and include realistic scenarios based on potential changes to habitat and anthropogenic pressures. This will help to prioritize conservation efforts in a changing landscape.
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CitationCushman, Samuel A.; Elliot, Nicholas B.; Macdonald, David W.; Loveridge, Andrew J. 2015. A multi-scale assessment of population connectivity in African lions (Panthera leo) in response to landscape change. Landscape Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0292-3.
Keywordsconnectivity, fragmentation, FRAGSTATS, resistant kernel, scale, UNICOR
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