Jodi A. Hilty | An Island Press Author

Jodi A. Hilty

An expert on wildlife corridors, Dr. Jodi A. Hilty is the president and chief scientist of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.  For over 20 years she has worked to advance conservation leading science, community-based conservation and policy and management changes. In the last 15 years she focused her work in North America; among other accomplishments her team successfully established the first federally designated wildlife corridor in the United States, the Path of the Pronghorn in Wyoming, and led the science that served as to inform Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories to more than 6.5 times its former size. Dr. Hilty also has been coeditor or lead author on three books, including Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning, and Action (2012).   She provides a range of advisory roles and is Vice Chair for North America of the IUCN connectivity committee.
 

ForewordFriday: Understanding Fragmentation

Migrating wildlife species across the globe face a dire predicament as their traditional migratory routes are cut off by human encroachment. Forced into smaller and smaller patches of habitat, they must compete more aggressively for dwindling...

Migrating wildlife species across the globe face a dire predicament as their traditional migratory routes are cut off by human encroachment. Forced into smaller and smaller patches of habitat, they must compete more aggressively for dwindling food resources and territory. This is more than just an unfortunate side effect of human progress. As key species populations dwindle, ecosystems are losing resilience and face collapse, and along with them, the ecosystem services we depend on. Healthy ecosystems need healthy wildlife populations. One possible answer? Wildlife corridors that connect fragmented landscapes.

The new and expanded second edition of Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation captures the many advances in the field over the past ten years. It builds on concepts presented in the first edition on the importance and practical details of maintaining and restoring land connectivity. New to this edition is a guest-edited chapter on ecological connectivity in oceans, including a detailed discussion on pelagic marine corridors and how coastal corridors can provide critical connectivity between marine protected areas. The book also includes a discussion of corridors in the air for migrating flying species, from birds to bats, butterflies, and even plant propagules—a concept so new that a term to describe it has yet to be coined. Practitioners as well as serious scholars of landscape ecology and the science of protecting biodiversity will find this new edition of corridor ecology science an indispensable resource.

Check out Chapter 3 "Understanding Fragmentation" below, or download the PDF here.