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Joshua Drew and Les Kaufman Functional endemism: population connectivity, shifting baselines, and the scale of human experience Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.446

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We use quantitative measures of population connectivity to help address the problems of shifting baselines – wherein each generation defines the “natural” state of an ecosystem by what they are first exposed to. By quantifying the number of migrants necessary to maintain a species in the collective consciousness of a people, we show how much population connectivity is necessary to forestall this cultural amnesia.

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