Resource type influences the effects of reserves and connectivity on ecological functions
Nicholas A. Yabsley, Andrew D. Olds, Rod M. Connolly, Tyson S. H. Martin, Ben L. Gilby, Paul S. Maxwell, Chantal M. Huijbers, David S. Schoeman and Thomas A. Schlacher
Article first published online: 28 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12460
This paper reports a new and exciting result, that connectivity can enhance recovery of ecosystem functions in conservation areas. The findings are of fundamental significance for all ecosystems because they show that the impact of conservation on ecosystem functioning is contingent on the landscape context in which reserves are situated.