Ecologically Differentiated Rules of Thumb for Habitat Network Design – Lessons from a Formula
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- Frank, K. Biodiversity and Conservation (2004) 13: 189. doi:10.1023/B:BIOC.0000004318.10051.48
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The present paper addresses the following typical question of metapopulation management: “What habitat distribution is optimal for metapopulation persistence if a habitat network with a given number and configuration of patches is considered?”. By utilizing a generic metapopulation model and performing a special model analysis, rules of thumb for optimum habitat distribution and a general ‘Principle of Optimality’ are derived. The whole study is based on the application of a formula for the mean lifetime of metapopulations derived in a previous study. Finally, some general conclusions are drawn concerning the potential of using PVA techniques for deriving tools for decision support for conservation management.