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Understanding the Importance of Dynamic Landscape Connectivity

Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Rocky Mountain Research Station, United States Forest Service, 790 East Beckwith Ave, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
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Land 2020, 9(9), 303;
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 24 August 2020 / Accepted: 27 August 2020 / Published: 29 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dynamic Landscape Connectivity)
Landscape connectivity is increasingly promoted as a conservation tool to combat the negative effects of habitat loss, fragmentation, and climate change. Given its importance as a key conservation strategy, connectivity science is a rapidly growing discipline. However, most landscape connectivity models consider connectivity for only a single snapshot in time, despite the widespread recognition that landscapes and ecological processes are dynamic. In this paper, we discuss the emergence of dynamic connectivity and the importance of including dynamism in connectivity models and assessments. We outline dynamic processes for both structural and functional connectivity at multiple spatiotemporal scales and provide examples of modeling approaches at each of these scales. We highlight the unique challenges that accompany the adoption of dynamic connectivity for conservation management and planning in the context of traditional conservation prioritization approaches. With the increased availability of time series and species movement data, computational capacity, and an expanding number of empirical examples in the literature, incorporating dynamic processes into connectivity models is more feasible than ever. Here, we articulate how dynamism is an intrinsic component of connectivity and integral to the future of connectivity science. View Full-Text
Keywords: functional connectivity; structural connectivity; dynamic connectivity; corridor; wildlife conservation; biodiversity conservation functional connectivity; structural connectivity; dynamic connectivity; corridor; wildlife conservation; biodiversity conservation
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Zeller, K.A.; Lewison, R.; Fletcher, R.J.; Tulbure, M.G.; Jennings, M.K. Understanding the Importance of Dynamic Landscape Connectivity. Land 2020, 9, 303.

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Zeller, Katherine A., Rebecca Lewison, Robert J. Fletcher, Mirela G. Tulbure, and Megan K. Jennings. 2020. "Understanding the Importance of Dynamic Landscape Connectivity" Land 9, no. 9: 303.

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