This fall we welcome four new MSc students to the lab. Kayla Attinello will test the “space for time” assumption that is common throughout ecology, especially landscape ecology. For example, if forest bird diversity is lower in a landscape with less forest than in a landscape with more forest (space), can we conclude that forest removal from a landscape (time) will lead to lower bird diversity?

Joe Gabriel, Lindsay Bellingham, and Adrianne Hajdasz will study whether forest connectivity increases abundance and diversity of plants, small mammals, and birds (respectively).

Other studies of landscape connectivity confound it with habitat amount and fragmentation. Does connectivity actually increase biodiversity?