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Habitat loss & restoration

Habitat loss threatens the maintenance of biological diversity. This aspect of our work is about the nature of habitat loss and restoration. When destroying or restoring habitat we are faced with choices about how much (amount) & where remnant or reinstated habitat should be relocated (spatial configuration) and where from (population connectivity).


New project

We have a new project starting on restoration of lost oyster reefs. We need to know how to restore them and what ecological value they provide.  click here


Habitat loss & consequences

  • Connell SD, Russell et al. 2008 Recovering a lost baseline: missing kelp forests from a metropolitan coast. Marine Ecology Prog. Series 360: 63-72 (download)
  • Goodsell, PJ & Connell, SD 2008 Complexity in the relationship between matrix composition & inter-patch distance in fragmented habitats. Marine Biology 154:117-125. (request)
  • Goodsell, PJ & Connell, SD 2002 Can habitat loss be treated independently of habitat configuration? Implications for rare & common taxa in fragmented landscapes. Marine Ecology Prog. Series 239: p37-44 (download)

Habitat repair

  • Irving, SD Connell & Russell  2011 Restoring coastal plants to improve global carbon storage: reaping what we sow. PloS One 6:e18311 (download)
  • Gorman & SD Connell 2009 Recovering subtidal forests in human-dominated landscapes.  J Applied Ecology 46: 1258-1265  (request)
  • Coleman M. A., Gillanders B. M. & Connell S. D. 2009 Dispersal and gene flow in the habitat-forming kelp, Ecklonia radiata: relative degrees of isolation across an east-west coastline. Mar. Freshwat. Res. 60, 802-9. (request)