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Considers the perspectives of several disciplines including; ecology; anthropology; economy; and conservation biology in an attempt to gain an understanding of how human and ecological processes interact to affect ecosystem functions and species in the Americas. Emphasis is placed on habitat fragmentation. Provides an overview of current theory, methods, and approaches used in the analysis of ecosystem disruptions and fragmentation.
From the contents: Biodiversity and Human Intervention During the Last 11,000 Years in North-Central Chile.- Economic Globalization, Forest Conversion and Habitat Fragmentation.- Forest Fragmentation and Biodiversity in Central Amazonia.- Climatic and Human Influences on Fire Regimes in Temperate Forest Ecosystems in Western North and South America.- Problems of Distinguishing Natural and Anthropogenic Influences on Amazonian Biodiversity.- Responses of Insect Pollinator Faunas and Flower Pollination to Habitat Fragmentation.- Implication of Evolutionary and Ecological Dynamics to the Genetic Analysis of Fragmentation.- Forest Fragmentation, Plant Regeneration and Invasion Processes Across Edges in Chile.- The Ecological Consequences of a Fragmentation Mediated Invasion.- A Conceptual Framework for Predicting the Effects of Forest Fragmentation.- Landscape Experiments and Ecological Theory.- Spatial Autocorrelation, Fractals and the Maintenance of Source-Sink Populations.- Patch Dynamics.