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Landscape Conservation in the Choco-Andean Biological Corridor

Cloud Forest in Ecuador


September 2014 - December 2016


Ecuador’s famous cloud forests are home to the Andean bear and scores of other endangered animals and plants—yet more than 50 percent of these biodiversity hotspots are now deforested, threatening both habitats and rural livelihoods. Working with local stakeholders, the researchers will develop a conservation program that connects existing forest reserves with the newly created Andean bear corridor. An optimal corridor design will ensure landscape connectivity for endangered species, while maintaining critical ecosystem services and sustainable ways of life for the human inhabitants of South America’s biodiversity epicenters.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Morin, D.J., A.K. Fuller, J.A. Royle, and C. Sutherland. 2017. Model-based estimators of density and connectivity to inform conservation of spatially-structured populations. Ecosphere 8(1):e01623. 10.1002/ecs2.1623.
  • Molina, S., A.K. Fuller, D.J. Morin, and J.A. Royle. 2017. Use of spatial capture-recapture to estimate density of Andean bears in northern Ecuador. Ursus 28:117-126.


  • Fuller, A. K. 2011. Biodiversity conservation in multiple-use landscapes. Invited talk, New York Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Utica, NY. March 5, 2011.
  • Fuller, A.K. Landscape-scale conservation in the Ecuadorian Andes: The Socio-Ecological Corridor. Department of Natural Resources Seminar Series. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 10 March, 2015.
  • Morin, D.J., A.K. Fuller, J.A. Royle, C. Sutherland. 2015. Corridor design applications of spatial capture-recapture models. 22nd Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Invited presentation in symposia.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey