Harini Nagendra

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a IASMA Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Environment and Natural Resources Area, Via E. Mach 1, 38010 S. Michele all'Adige, TN, Italy b Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Evolutionary Genetics, Postfach 601103, 10252 Berlin, Germany c Gulf Coast Geospatial Center, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1203 Broad(More)
Governing natural resources sustainably is a continuing struggle. Major debates occur over what types of policy "interventions" best protect forests, with choices of property and land tenure systems being central issues. Herein, we provide an overview of findings from a long-term interdisciplinary, multiscale, international research program that analyzes(More)
Urban parks constitute critical biodiversity hotspots in crowded, concrete-dominated city environments. Despite the importance, they remain little researched. This paper assesses the biodiversity and distribution of trees in urban parks in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. 127 plots were used to survey tree distribution in parks across the city. The(More)
While high resolution satellite remote sensing has been hailed as a very useful source of data for biodiversity assessment and monitoring, applications have been more developed in temperate areas. The biodiverse tropics offer a challenge of an altogether different magnitude for hyperspatial and hyperspectral remote sensing. This paper examines issues(More)
This research follows the manner in which State-driven, upwardly accountable, forest decentralization programs play out on the ground, and evaluates their impact on forests and local institutions, a topic of much current concern and debate. In a landscape in Nepal’s Terai plains, we conducted a census of 23 co-managed community and buffer-zone forest user(More)
Human activities such as international trade and travel promote biological invasions by accidentally or deliberately dispersing species outside their native biogeographical ranges (Lockwood, 2005; Alpert, 2006). Invasive species are now viewed as a significant component of global change and have become a serious threat to natural communities (Mack et al.,(More)
This study evaluates the relationship between landscape accessibility and land cover change in Western Honduras, and demonstrates how these relationships are influenced by social and economic processes of land use change in the region. The study area presents a complex mosaic of land cover change processes that involve approximately equal amounts of(More)
The city of Bangalore in southern India is rapidly expanding, resulting in major transformations in land use, wetland management, and the distribution of green spaces. This paper examines how transformations in land use and governance consequent to urbanization can change people's perceptions of and interactions with an urban ecological commons, using the(More)