Implications of vegetation clearing biases for the interpretation of landscape-scale species-area relationships.

Vegetation clearing results in the loss of species from landscapes. Managing landscapes to maintain or enhance species richness requires an understanding of how species respond to changes in habitat area. My research seeks to identify the factors that act on the relationship between the number of species that occur in a landscape, and the amount of habitat in a landscape—the species-area relationship—to guide management actions such as vegetation protection or revegetation.