Theory meets reality : How habitat fragmentation research has transcended island biogeographic theory

@inproceedings{Laurance2008TheoryMR,
  title={Theory meets reality : How habitat fragmentation research has transcended island biogeographic theory},
  author={William F. Laurance},
  year={2008}
}
Island biogeography theory (IBT) provides a basic conceptual model for understanding habitat fragmentation. Empirical studies of fragmented landscapes often reveal strong effects of fragment area and isolation on species richness, although other predictions of the theory, such as accelerated species turnover in fragments, have been tested less frequently. As predicted by IBT, biota in fragments typically ‘relax’ over time towards lower species richness. Beyond these broad generalizations… CONTINUE READING
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