What Do Genetics and Ecology Tell Us About the Design of Nature Reserves ?

  title={What Do Genetics and Ecology Tell Us About the Design of Nature Reserves ?},
  author={Michael E. Soul and Daniel Simberloff},
The SLOSS (single large or several small) debate is no longer an issue in the discussion about the optimal size of nature reserves. The best way to estimate the minimum sizes of reserves may be a three-step process: (1) identify target or keystone species whose disappearance would significantly decrease the value or species diversity of the reserve; (2) determine the minimum number of individuals in a population needed to guarantee a high probability of survival for these species; (3) using… CONTINUE READING
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