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BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation

BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation
BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation
Habitat fragmentation studies have produced complex results that are challenging to synthesize. Inconsistencies among studies may result from variation in the choice of landscape metrics and response variables, which is often compounded by a lack of key statistical or methodological information. Collating primary datasets on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in a consistent and flexible database permits simple data retrieval for subsequent analyses. We present a relational database that links such field data to taxonomic nomenclature, spatial and temporal plot attributes, and environmental characteristics. Field assessments include measurements of the response(s) (e.g., presence, abundance, ground cover) of one or more species linked to plots in fragments within a partially forested landscape. The database currently holds 9830 unique species recorded in plots of 58 unique landscapes in six of eight realms: mammals 315, birds 1286, herptiles 460, insects 4521, spiders 204, other arthropods 85, gastropods 70, annelids 8, platyhelminthes 4, Onychophora 2, vascular plants 2112, nonvascular plants and lichens 320, and fungi 449. Three landscapes were sampled as long-term time series (>10 years). Seven hundred and eleven species are found in two or more landscapes. Consolidating the substantial amount of primary data available on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in the context of land-use change and natural disturbances is an essential part of understanding the effects of increasing anthropogenic pressures on land. The consistent format of this database facilitates testing of generalizations concerning biologic responses to fragmentation across diverse systems and taxa. It also allows the re-examination of existing datasets with alternative landscape metrics and robust statistical methods, for example, helping to address pseudo-replication problems. The database can thus help researchers in producing broad syntheses of the effects of land use. The database is dynamic and inclusive, and contributions from individual and large-scale data-collection efforts are welcome.
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Pfeifer, Marion, Lefebvre, Veronique, Gardner, Toby A., Arroyo-Rodriguez, Victor, Baeten, Lander, Banks-Leite, Cristina, Barlow, Jos, Betts, Matthew G., Brunet, Joerg, Cerezo, Alexis, Cisneros, Laura M., Collard, Stuart, D'Cruze, Neil, da Silva Motta, Catarina, Duguay, Stephanie, Eggermont, Hilde, Eigenbrod, Felix, Hadley, Adam S., Hanson, Thor R., Hawes, Joseph E., Heartsill Scalley, Tamara, Klingbeil, Brian T., Kolb, Annette, Kormann, Urs, Kumar, Sunil, Lachat, Thibault, Lakeman Fraser, Poppy, Lantschner, Victoria, Laurance, William F., Leal, Inara R., Lens, Luc, Marsh, Charles J., Medina-Rangel, Guido F., Melles, Stephanie, Mezger, Dirk, Oldekop, Johan A., Overal, William L., Owen, Charlotte, Peres, Carlos A., Phalan, Ben, Pidgeon, Anna M., Pilia, Oriana, Possingham, Hugh P., Possingham, Max L., Raheem, Dinarzarde C., Ribeiro, Danilo B., Ribeiro Neto, Jose D., Douglas Robinson, W., Robinson, Richard, Rytwinski, Trina, Scherber, Christoph, Slade, Eleanor M., Somarriba, Eduardo, Stouffer, Philip C., Struebig, Matthew J., Tylianakis, Jason M., Tscharntke, Teja, Tyre, Andrew J., Urbina Cardona, Jose N., Vasconcelos, Heraldo L., Wearn, Oliver, Wells, Konstans, Willig, Michael R., Wood, Eric, Young, Richard P., Bradley, Andrew V. and Ewers, Robert M. (2014) BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution, 4 (9), 1524-1537. (doi:10.1002/ece3.1036).

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Abstract

Habitat fragmentation studies have produced complex results that are challenging to synthesize. Inconsistencies among studies may result from variation in the choice of landscape metrics and response variables, which is often compounded by a lack of key statistical or methodological information. Collating primary datasets on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in a consistent and flexible database permits simple data retrieval for subsequent analyses. We present a relational database that links such field data to taxonomic nomenclature, spatial and temporal plot attributes, and environmental characteristics. Field assessments include measurements of the response(s) (e.g., presence, abundance, ground cover) of one or more species linked to plots in fragments within a partially forested landscape. The database currently holds 9830 unique species recorded in plots of 58 unique landscapes in six of eight realms: mammals 315, birds 1286, herptiles 460, insects 4521, spiders 204, other arthropods 85, gastropods 70, annelids 8, platyhelminthes 4, Onychophora 2, vascular plants 2112, nonvascular plants and lichens 320, and fungi 449. Three landscapes were sampled as long-term time series (>10 years). Seven hundred and eleven species are found in two or more landscapes. Consolidating the substantial amount of primary data available on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in the context of land-use change and natural disturbances is an essential part of understanding the effects of increasing anthropogenic pressures on land. The consistent format of this database facilitates testing of generalizations concerning biologic responses to fragmentation across diverse systems and taxa. It also allows the re-examination of existing datasets with alternative landscape metrics and robust statistical methods, for example, helping to address pseudo-replication problems. The database can thus help researchers in producing broad syntheses of the effects of land use. The database is dynamic and inclusive, and contributions from individual and large-scale data-collection efforts are welcome.

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Published date: May 2014
Organisations: Centre for Biological Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 367954
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367954
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Author: Marion Pfeifer
Author: Veronique Lefebvre
Author: Toby A. Gardner
Author: Victor Arroyo-Rodriguez
Author: Lander Baeten
Author: Cristina Banks-Leite
Author: Jos Barlow
Author: Matthew G. Betts
Author: Joerg Brunet
Author: Alexis Cerezo
Author: Laura M. Cisneros
Author: Stuart Collard
Author: Neil D'Cruze
Author: Catarina da Silva Motta
Author: Stephanie Duguay
Author: Hilde Eggermont
Author: Felix Eigenbrod ORCID iD
Author: Adam S. Hadley
Author: Thor R. Hanson
Author: Joseph E. Hawes
Author: Tamara Heartsill Scalley
Author: Brian T. Klingbeil
Author: Annette Kolb
Author: Urs Kormann
Author: Sunil Kumar
Author: Thibault Lachat
Author: Poppy Lakeman Fraser
Author: Victoria Lantschner
Author: William F. Laurance
Author: Inara R. Leal
Author: Luc Lens
Author: Charles J. Marsh
Author: Guido F. Medina-Rangel
Author: Stephanie Melles
Author: Dirk Mezger
Author: Johan A. Oldekop
Author: William L. Overal
Author: Charlotte Owen
Author: Carlos A. Peres
Author: Ben Phalan
Author: Anna M. Pidgeon
Author: Oriana Pilia
Author: Hugh P. Possingham
Author: Max L. Possingham
Author: Dinarzarde C. Raheem
Author: Danilo B. Ribeiro
Author: Jose D. Ribeiro Neto
Author: W. Douglas Robinson
Author: Richard Robinson
Author: Trina Rytwinski
Author: Christoph Scherber
Author: Eleanor M. Slade
Author: Eduardo Somarriba
Author: Philip C. Stouffer
Author: Matthew J. Struebig
Author: Jason M. Tylianakis
Author: Teja Tscharntke
Author: Andrew J. Tyre
Author: Jose N. Urbina Cardona
Author: Heraldo L. Vasconcelos
Author: Oliver Wearn
Author: Konstans Wells
Author: Michael R. Willig
Author: Eric Wood
Author: Richard P. Young
Author: Andrew V. Bradley
Author: Robert M. Ewers

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