Fragmentation: Specter of the Future or the Spirit of Conservation?

  • Laura K. Marsh
  • Colin A. Chapman
  • Marilyn A. Norconk
  • Stephen F. Ferrari
  • Kellen A. Gilbert
  • Julio Cesar Bicca-Marques
  • Janette Wallis


The study of primates in fragments is primarily driven by recognition that many tropical landscapes have already experienced, or soon will experience, deforestation and fragmentation. This recognition brings a desire to conserve the primates that are affected. From this perspective, we want to provide managers, researchers, and students with the information that they will need to maximize species survival and consolidate remnant populations. Fragmentation need not be a daunting prospect. As primatologists and fragmentation scientists, we want to strike a proactive—not a reactive stance. This is difficult given that deforestation is generally out of our hands. The perception is scientists do not have power to change the system of destruction, but as professionals working to prevent the extinction of primates worldwide, we can be very influential. We can do something to change the system. We need a collective voice, a voice that will challenge the need for deforestation in the first place, not one that only deals with the effects of fragmentation. We need a voice that will champion already fragmented areas and elevate their importance in the global scheme of conservation.


Secondary Forest Forest Fragment Fragmented Landscape Spider Monkey Seed Disperser 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura K. Marsh
    • 1
  • Colin A. Chapman
    • 2
    • 3
  • Marilyn A. Norconk
    • 4
  • Stephen F. Ferrari
    • 5
  • Kellen A. Gilbert
    • 6
  • Julio Cesar Bicca-Marques
    • 7
  • Janette Wallis
    • 8
  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryEcology Group (RRES-ECO)Los AlamosUSA
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Wildlife Conservation SocietyBronxUSA
  4. 4.Department of Anthropology and Biological Anthropology Program, School of Biomedical SciencesKent State UniversityKentUSA
  5. 5.Department of GeneticsUniversidade Federal do ParáBelémBrasil
  6. 6.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityLouisianaUSA
  7. 7.Faculdade de BiociênciasPontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  8. 8.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of OklahomaUSA

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