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A large-scale forest fragmentation experiment: the stability of altered forest ecosystems project

A large-scale forest fragmentation experiment: the stability of altered forest ecosystems project
A large-scale forest fragmentation experiment: the stability of altered forest ecosystems project
Opportunities to conduct large-scale field experiments are rare, but provide a unique opportunity to reveal the complex processes that operate within natural ecosystems. Here, we review the design of existing, large-scale forest fragmentation experiments. Based on this review, we develop a design for the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project, a new forest fragmentation experiment to be located in the lowland tropical forests of Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia). The SAFE Project represents an advance on existing experiments in that it: (i) allows discrimination of the effects of landscape-level forest cover from patch-level processes; (ii) is designed to facilitate the unification of a wide range of data types on ecological patterns and processes that operate over a wide range of spatial scales; (iii) has greater replication than existing experiments; (iv) incorporates an experimental manipulation of riparian corridors; and (v) embeds the experimentally fragmented landscape within a wider gradient of land-use intensity than do existing projects. The SAFE Project represents an opportunity for ecologists across disciplines to participate in a large initiative designed to generate a broad understanding of the ecological impacts of tropical forest modification.
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Ewers, Robert M.
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Kapos, Valerie
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Sinun, Waidi
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Snaddon, Jake L.
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Ewers, Robert M., Didham, Raphael K., Fahrig, Lenore, Ferraz, Gonçalo, Hector, Andy, Holt, Robert D., Kapos, Valerie, Reynolds, Glen, Sinun, Waidi, Snaddon, Jake L. and Turner, Edgar C. (2011) A large-scale forest fragmentation experiment: the stability of altered forest ecosystems project. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 366 (1582), 3292-3302. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0049).

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Opportunities to conduct large-scale field experiments are rare, but provide a unique opportunity to reveal the complex processes that operate within natural ecosystems. Here, we review the design of existing, large-scale forest fragmentation experiments. Based on this review, we develop a design for the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project, a new forest fragmentation experiment to be located in the lowland tropical forests of Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia). The SAFE Project represents an advance on existing experiments in that it: (i) allows discrimination of the effects of landscape-level forest cover from patch-level processes; (ii) is designed to facilitate the unification of a wide range of data types on ecological patterns and processes that operate over a wide range of spatial scales; (iii) has greater replication than existing experiments; (iv) incorporates an experimental manipulation of riparian corridors; and (v) embeds the experimentally fragmented landscape within a wider gradient of land-use intensity than do existing projects. The SAFE Project represents an opportunity for ecologists across disciplines to participate in a large initiative designed to generate a broad understanding of the ecological impacts of tropical forest modification.

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Published date: 17 October 2011
Organisations: Environmental

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Local EPrints ID: 359399
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/359399
ISSN: 0962-8436
PURE UUID: 037606b7-d261-4933-ac2f-3d3c541d142b
ORCID for Jake L. Snaddon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3549-5472

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Date deposited: 01 Nov 2013 13:12
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:21

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Author: Robert M. Ewers
Author: Raphael K. Didham
Author: Lenore Fahrig
Author: Gonçalo Ferraz
Author: Andy Hector
Author: Robert D. Holt
Author: Valerie Kapos
Author: Glen Reynolds
Author: Waidi Sinun
Author: Jake L. Snaddon ORCID iD
Author: Edgar C. Turner

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