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|Title:||A large-scale forest fragmentation experiment: The stability of altered forest ecosystems project|
|Authors:||Ewers, Robert M.|
Didham, Raphael K.
Holt, Robert D.
Snaddon, Jake L.
Turner, Edgar C.
|metadata.dc.publisher.journal:||Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences|
|metadata.dc.relation.ispartof:||Volume 366, Número 1582, Pags. 3292-3302|
|Abstract:||Opportunities to conduct large-scale field experiments are rare, but provide a unique opportunity to reveal the complex processes that operate within natural ecosystems. Here, we review the design of existing, large-scale forest fragmentation experiments. Based on this review, we develop a design for the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project, a new forest fragmentation experiment to be located in the lowland tropical forests of Borneo (Sabah,Malaysia). The SAFE Project represents an advance on existing experiments in that it: (i) allows discrimination of the effects of landscape-level forest cover from patch-level processes; (ii) is designed to facilitate the unification of a wide range of data types on ecological patterns and processes that operate over a wide range of spatial scales; (iii) has greater replication than existing experiments; (iv) incorporates an experimental manipulation of riparian corridors; and (v) embeds the experimentally fragmented landscape within a wider gradient of land-use intensity than do existing projects. The SAFE Project represents an opportunity for ecologists across disciplines to participate in a large initiative designed to generate a broad understanding of the ecological impacts of tropical forest modification. © 2011 The Royal Society.|
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