George R. Hess

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Many landscape indexes with ecological relevance have been proposed, including diversity indexes, dominance, fractal dimension, and patch size distribution. Classified land cover data in a geographic information system (GIS) are frequently used to calculate these indexes. However, a lack of methods for quantifying uncertainty in these measures makes it(More)
Surrogate species approaches, including flagship, focal, keystone, indicator, and umbrella, are considered an effective means of conservation planning. For conservation biologists to apply surrogates with confidence, they must have some idea of the effectiveness of surrogates for the circumstances in which they will be applied. We reviewed tests of the(More)
The use of indicator taxa for conservation planning is common, despite inconsistent evidence regarding their effectiveness. These inconsistencies may be the result of differences among species and taxonomic groups studied, geographic location, or scale of analysis. The scale of analysis can be defined by grain and extent, which are often confounded. Grain(More)
Familiarity with landscape ecology and the concepts it represents is no longer restricted to a small group of scientists. Rather, landscape ecology is entering the mainstream of academic and political awareness. The term " landscape management " is now commonly used in conservation and government circles, often in conjunction with politically and(More)
Defective mobilization of Ca2+ by cardiomyocytes can lead to cardiac insufficiency, but the causative mechanisms leading to congestive heart failure (HF) remain unclear. In the present study we performed exhaustive global proteomics surveys of cardiac ventricle isolated from a mouse model of cardiomyopathy overexpressing a phospholamban mutant, R9C(More)
Forested riparian buffers are an increasingly common method of mitigating the negative effects of impervious surface cover on water quality and wildlife habitat. We sampled larval southern two-lined salamanders (Eurycea cirrigera) in 43 streams, representing the range of impervious surface cover and forested riparian buffer width across Wake County, NC,(More)
In the United States local land trusts preserve and conserve land to protect water quality and supply, farmlands, habitat for native plants and animals, areas of cultural or historical significance, and scenic views. We surveyed the 24 active, local land trusts in North Carolina (U.S.A.) to determine how they report progress toward attaining such(More)
NOVOTNY, KRISTEN ELISE. Mammalian Nest Predators Respond to Greenway Width, Habitat Structure, and Landscape Context. (Under the direction of George R. Hess.) Birds of conservation concern breed in suburban greenways, yet abundant populations of mammals that depredate bird nests may compromise nest success. We evaluated how three factors influenced total(More)
Local land-use policy is increasingly being recognized as fundamental to biodiversity conservation in the United States. Many planners and conservation scientists have called for broader use of planning and regulatory tools to support the conservation of biodiversity at local scales. Yet little is known about the pervasiveness of these practices. We(More)
Poster presentations have become an important part of professional meetings and are recognized as valuable tools for teaching and assessment. An effective poster is a visual communication tool that will help you engage colleagues in conversation, convey your main point to large numbers of people, and advertise your work. An effective poster is a highly(More)