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How Landscapes Change

Human Disturbance and Ecosystem Fragmentation in the Americas

  • Gay A. Bradshaw
  • Pablo A. Marquet


  • Provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major disruptions sustained by ecosystems in the Americas

  • Creates the basis for a common and comprehensive framework for future research and conservation policy formulation


Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 162)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Introduction

    1. G. A. Bradshaw, P. A. Marquet
      Pages 1-4
  3. Causes and Processes of Landscape Fragmentation

  4. Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of Fragmentation

  5. Ecosystem Fragmentation: Theory, Methods, and Implications for Conservation

About this book


North and South America share similar human and ecological histories and, increasingly, economic and social linkages. As such, issues of ecosystem functions and disruptions form a common thread among these cultures. This volume synthesizes the perspectives of several disciplines, such as ecology, anthropology, economy, and conservation biology. The chief goal is to gain an understanding of how human and ecological processes interact to affect ecosystem functions and species in the Americas. Throughout the text the emphasis is placed on habitat fragmentation. At the same time, the book provides an overview of current theory, methods, and approaches used in the analysis of ecosystem disruptions and fragmentation.


Americas Amerika Fauna Habitatfragmentierung Landschaftsökologie Zerstörung von Ökosystemen biodiversity conservation ecology ecosystem ecotone environment global change habitat fragmentation landscape ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Gay A. Bradshaw
    • 1
  • Pablo A. Marquet
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Forest Science and Electrical EngineeringOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ecología y Biodiversidad & Departamento de EcologíaPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

Bibliographic information


"A very useful book for the library." (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society)