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Do Corridors Have Value in Conservation?
This case study discusses conservation corridors as a means to reduce the problems of population size and isolation in a fragmented habitat. In an interrupted format, students learn what a corridor is, consider how nature preserves and corridors function, and analyze data from an article in Ecology on the use of corridors by various plant and animal species. As written, this case reviews and applies several topics from an introductory ecology and evolution class (population genetics, population ecology and island biogeography) to the problem of protecting species in fragmented habitats. It could be modified for use in environmental or conservation biology courses.
|Keywords:||Conservation biology; habitat fragmentation; nature preserves; corridors; biodiversity; plant; mammal; insect; butterfly; jaguar; Panthera onca; endangered species; United States–Mexico border|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division|
|Type/Method:||Discussion, Interrupted, Journal Article|
|Subject Headings:||Ecology Environmental Science Natural Resource Management Wildlife Management Biology (General)|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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