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The Brazilian Atlantic Forest: How much is left, and how is the remaining forest distributed? Implications for conservation
The neotropical Atlantic Forest supports one of the highest degrees of species richness and rates of endemism on the planet, but has also undergone a huge forest loss. However, there exists noExpand
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Functional Extinction of Birds Drives Rapid Evolutionary Changes in Seed Size
The Birds and the Seeds When species are lost from ecosystems through local extinction, the pattern of ecological interactions changes. Galetti et al. (p. 1086) show how the loss of largeExpand
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Prospects for biodiversity conservation in the Atlantic Forest: Lessons from aging human-modified landscapes
Recent global assessments have shown the limited coverage of protected areas across tropical biotas, fuelling a growing interest in the potential conservation services provided by anthropogenicExpand
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The Brazilian Atlantic Forest: A Shrinking Biodiversity Hotspot
The Neotropical Atlantic Forest is one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspot. Originally, the forest extended over 1.5 million km2 along the South American Atlantic coast, covering tropical andExpand
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Time-lag in biological responses to landscape changes in a highly dynamic Atlantic forest region
Time-lagged responses of biological variables to landscape modifications are widely recognized, but rarely considered in ecological studies. In order to test for the existence of time-lags in theExpand
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Associations of forest cover, fragment area, and connectivity with neotropical understory bird species richness and abundance.
Theoretical and empirical studies demonstrate that the total amount of forest and the size and connectivity of fragments have nonlinear effects on species survival. We tested how habitat amount andExpand
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Functional Redundancy and Complementarities of Seed Dispersal by the Last Neotropical Megafrugivores
Background Functional redundancy has been debated largely in ecology and conservation, yet we lack detailed empirical studies on the roles of functionally similar species in ecosystem function. LargeExpand
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Long-term carbon loss in fragmented Neotropical forests.
Tropical forests play an important role in the global carbon cycle, as they store a large amount of carbon (C). Tropical forest deforestation has been identified as a major source of CO2 emissions,Expand
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A Framework to Optimize Biodiversity Restoration Efforts Based on Habitat Amount and Landscape Connectivity
The effectiveness of ecological restoration actions toward biodiversity conservation depends on both local and landscape constraints. Extensive information on local constraints is already available,Expand
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Mammal defaunation as surrogate of trophic cascades in a biodiversity hotspot
Abstract Preserving large tracts of natural habitats is essential to maintain biodiversity. Nevertheless, even large areas may still suffer from less “visible” impacts such as loss of ecologicalExpand
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