Adam Dunn was a Research Fellow with the Alcoa Research Centre for Stronger Communities and hosted by Environmental Biology, Curtin University of Technology at the time this research was undertaken. He is now a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia; Tel: +61 (0)29385 9033; Email: email@example.com). Jonathan Majer is Professor of Invertebrate Conservation and Head of the Department of Environmental Biology at Curtin University of Technology (PO Box U1897, Perth, WA 6845, Australia). The project this study contributes to is part of the Alcoa Foundation's International Conservation and Sustainability Program, of which Curtin University of Technology is one of five partners on five continents.
Measuring connectivity patterns in a macro-corridor on the south coast of Western Australia
Article first published online: 21 APR 2009
© 2009 Ecological Society of Australia
Ecological Management & Restoration
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 51–57, April 2009
How to Cite
Dunn, A. G. and Majer, J. D. (2009), Measuring connectivity patterns in a macro-corridor on the south coast of Western Australia. Ecological Management & Restoration, 10: 51–57. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2009.00435.x
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2009
- landscape pattern;
- planning assessment
Summary Portions of the south coast of Western Australia are recognized as environmentally valuable because of high levels of biodiversity, but are at risk due to continued anthropogenic influences, particularly in the form of fragmentation and habitat loss. Corridors of habitat, either continuous or stepping-stone, are deemed to be valuable for the maintenance and increase of biodiversity in the region. Here we apply a series of betweenness centrality analyses to quantify the connectivity in the region. The method we describe here is an extended application of the betweenness centrality measure, which is a measure of spatial connectivity that is applied to fragmented landscapes. The method is used for significant corridors between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park to identify a series of locations that are important to the connectivity in this region and thus may provide effective locations for restoration inputs.