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Fragmentation: Is the Message Clear?

John A Bissonette, Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, U.S. Geological Survey
Ilse Storch, Wildlife Research and Management Unit, Technical University of Munich and Max Pl

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Abstract

In this paper, we briefly discuss some of the fundamental problems arising from the inherent complexity of larger-scale ecological systems. We examine the tenuous assumption of a direct correspondence between ecological data and theory, we comment on a recent report that evaluated the efficacy of fragmentation experiments, and we briefly assess its implications for ecological research and conservation practice on the landscape scale.

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conservation, experimentation, fragmentation studies, landscape ecology
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