Dispersal and wetland fragmentation

Bradley J. Cosentino, Robert L. Schooley

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Wetlands provide habitat for a diverse array of aquatic and semiaquatic species, many of which provide direct economic and recreational value. Despite the ecosystem services provided by wetland fauna and flora, historical wetland loss has been dramatic. Wetland loss was >50% in the USA and 60-70% in Europe by the 1980s, with most losses resulting from agriculture and urban development. Although habitat loss can result from natural, stochastic events, anthropogenic habitat loss and subsequent fragmentation are among the most important drivers of biodiversity loss. One mechanism underlying the loss of biodiversity after habitat loss and fragmentation is the breakdown of wetland connectivity previ- ously maintained by dispersal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wetland Book
Subtitle of host publicationI: Structure and Function, Management, and Methods
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789048196593
ISBN (Print)9789400714717
StatePublished - May 16 2018


  • Biodiversity
  • Connectivity
  • Dispersal
  • Fragmentation
  • Landscape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Social Sciences


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