Response of avian diversity to habitat modification can be predicted from life-history traits and ecological attributes

@article{Smith2015ResponseOA,
  title={Response of avian diversity to habitat modification can be predicted from life-history traits and ecological attributes},
  author={Yvette C. Ehlers Smith and David A. Ehlers Smith and Colleen L. Seymour and Elisa Th{\'e}bault and F. J. Frank van Veen},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
  year={2015},
  volume={30},
  pages={1225-1239}
}
Habitat conversion for agriculture is a major driver of global biodiversity loss, partly because of homogeneity within agri-ecosystems. Anthropogenic landscapes can also increase habitat heterogeneity and primary productivity, however, augmenting regional biodiversity, as species that exploit resources associated with human activities expand their ranges into novel ecological regions. We used birds as a model in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, South Africa, to ask whether agriculture can add… CONTINUE READING