Provides a blueprint for advancing conceptual understanding of conservation in agricultural regions. It accomplishes this with a two-pronged approach: first, by developing spatially structured models that acknowledge the link between socio-economic drivers of land use change and the dynamics of species occupying agricultural landscapes with abrupt changes in land cover; and second, by providing guidelines and examples to enable scientists to effectively engage stakeholders in participatory learning and planning activities that integrate biodiversity with other, more traditional considerations.
Robert K. Swihart is a professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, and coordinator of the Upper Wabash Ecosystem Project. Jeffrey E. Moore is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. Jeff's research focuses on the role of habitat fragmentation in mediating dispersal of seeds of hardwood trees by small mammals and blue jays.