The fate of Amazonian forest fragments : A 32-year investigation

  title={The fate of Amazonian forest fragments : A 32-year investigation},
  author={William F. Laurance and Jos{\'e} Lu{\'i}s Camargo and Regina Celi Costa Luiz{\~a}o and Susan G Laurance and Stuart L. Pimmd and Emilio M Bruna and Philip C. Stouffer and Galen B. Williamson and Julieta Ben{\'i}tez-Malvido and Heraldo L. Vasconcelos and Kyle S. Van Houtan and C E Zartman and Sarah Ann Boyle and Raphael K. Didhamm and Ana Andrade and Thomas E. Lovejoy},
We synthesize findings to date from the world’s largest and longest-running experimental study of habitat fragmentation, located in central Amazonia. Over the past 32 years, Amazonian forest fragments ranging from 1 to 100 ha have experienced a wide array of ecological changes. Edge effects have been a dominant driver of fragment dynamics, strongly affecting forest microclimate, tree mortality, carbon storage, fauna, and other aspects of fragment ecology. However, edge-effect intensity varies… CONTINUE READING
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