Dr. Kirk Moloney - Seminar Speaker

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:45pm
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Kirk Moloney, Iowa State University

A year in New Zealand: Landscape ecology and the management of exotic species

Refreshments served at 3:30pm in room 240 Bessey.

Abstract: As landscapes become increasingly fragmented due to human activities, the long term status of species becomes increasingly dependent upon their movement ecology among isolated habitat patches. The recognition of this fact has been integrated into the field of conservation biology for some time. Much of the early work incorporating a landscape approach to conservation centered on understanding the role of corridors in connecting habitat across the landscape. This was mostly in the context of enhancing the long term survival of species at risk of extinction by increasing the rate of movement between areas of suitable habitat. However, when the goal is to decrease the impact of exotic species, the opposite approach, i.e., preventing movement, may apply. With this in mind, I will discuss the potential use of an understanding of spatial network structure as a tool for enhancing the impact of active removal of species from a landscape when resources are constrained.