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Landscape Conservation in the Choco-Andean Biological Corridor

Cloud Forest in Ecuador

Duration

September 2014 - December 2016

Narrative

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.

Presentations

  • 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.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 104

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Links

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute