Environmental Modeling & Assessment

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 107–113

Working backwards to move forwards: Graph-based connectivity metrics for reserve network selection


DOI: 10.1007/s10666-005-4697-2

Cite this article as:
Rothley, K.D. & Rae, C. Environ Model Assess (2005) 10: 107. doi:10.1007/s10666-005-4697-2


In this paper we apply graph theory in a reserve selection exercise to explore the tradeoffs between maintaining connectivity and minimizing the total area of a protected area network. Rather than focus on a single organism, we used a multi-species approach and looked at the tradeoff curves for organisms with varying dispersal abilities. We first generated the tradeoff curves using a graph-based metric to determine the importance of individual patches for maintaining connectivity. We then performed an analogous set of analyses using patch size as a surrogate measure of importance.


reserve design graph theory dispersal ability tradeoffs 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Resource and Environmental ManagementSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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