Conceptual domain of the matrix in fragmented landscapes

Don Driscoll, from The Australian National University, has a paper coming out in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, on “the matrix”. Like all of his work, it’s extremely thorough and thoughtful, and for everyone interested in landscape ecology it’s a good read.

In extensively modified landscapes, how the matrix is managed determines many conservation outcomes. Recent publications revise popular conceptions of a homogeneous and static matrix, yet we still lack an adequate conceptual model of the matrix. Here, we identify three core effects that influence patch-dependent species, through impacts associated with movement and dispersal, resource availability, and the abiotic environment. These core effects are modified by five ‘dimensions’: spatial and temporal variation in matrix quality; spatial scale; temporal scale of matrix variation; and adaptation. The conceptual domain of the matrix, defined as three core effects and their interaction with these five dimensions, provides a much-needed framework to underpin management of fragmented landscapes and highlights new research priorities.

 

Reference: Don A. Driscoll, Sam C. Banks, Philip S. Barton, David B. Lindenmayer, Annabel L. Smith. Conceptual domain of the matrix in fragmented landscapes. Trends in Ecology & Evolution – 22 July 2013

Source: http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution//retrieve/pii/S0169534713001687?cc=y

 

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