Logic for Designing Nature Reserves for Multiple Species

@article{McCarthy2006LogicFD,
  title={Logic for Designing Nature Reserves for Multiple Species},
  author={Michael A. McCarthy and C. J. Thompson and Nicholas S. G. Williams},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2006},
  volume={167},
  pages={717 - 727}
}
We examine the logic of designing nature reserves to understand better how to integrate the concepts of representativeness and persistence. Simple models of viability are used to evaluate how the expected number of species in the reserve system changes with variation in the risk of extinction among species, their rate of occurrence, and the distribution of species. The optimal size of individual reserves increased with the mean and variance of the probability of extinction among species and… 
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