An international team of researchers, including Dr James Watling of the Department of Biology, published a recent paper in the journal Nature describing how many of the world’s species are literally ‘living on the edge’. As humans alter habitats around the world, much of the remaining forest occurs as small, isolated patches near boundaries with cities, roads, and farmland. In their paper, Dr. Watling and his colleagues describe how 85% of species included in their study responded to these forest edges. Some edge effects were positive, and some were negative, but they are a pervasive aspect of human influence on the natural world.

You can read more about the research here, and watch a short animation describing the main results of the study here

 

Posted on November 7, 2017
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