The Application of Island-biogeographic Theory to Patches of Habitat: How Much Land is Enough?
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
The problem of estimating the minimum-sized parcel of land needed to preserve a given suite of species is little-addressed. Two techniques available for such estimations are: (1) ‘the method of island biogeography’, which uses extrapolations of the species-area equation; and (2) ‘the method of addition’, which uses only the actual suite of ‘island’ under investigation. No rationale exists for choosing technique 1 a priori, although the choice is often made. The two techniques produce minimum area estimates which define a spectrum of potential minimum areas. Determination of the real minimum area requirement must rely upon detailed natural-historical observation.
Was this content written or created while at USF?
Citation / Publisher Attribution
Biological Conservation, v. 25, issue 1, p. 53-61
Scholar Commons Citation
McCoy, Earl D., "The Application of Island-biogeographic Theory to Patches of Habitat: How Much Land is Enough?" (1983). Integrative Biology Faculty and Staff Publications. 239.