BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation

Marion Pfeifer, Veronique Lefebvre, Toby A. Gardner, Victor Arroyo-Rodriguez, Lander Baeten, Cristina Banks-Leite, Jos Barlow, Matthew G. Betts, Joerg Brunet, Alexis Cerezo, Laura M. Cisneros, Stuart Collard, Neil D'Cruze, Catarina da Silva Motta, Stephanie Duguay, Hilde Eggermont, Felix Eigenbrod, Adam S. Hadley, Thor R. Hanson, Joseph E. HawesTamara Heartsill Scalley, Brian T. Klingbeil, Annette Kolb, Urs Kormann, Sunil Kumar, Thibault Lachat, Poppy Lakeman Fraser, Victoria Lantschner, William F. Laurance, Inara R. Leal, Luc Lens, Charles J. Marsh, Guido F. Medina-Rangel, Stephanie Melles, Dirk Mezger, Johan A. Oldekop, William L. Overal, Charlotte Owen, Carlos A. Peres, Ben Phalan, Anna M. Pidgeon, Oriana Pilia, Hugh P. Possingham, Max L. Possingham, Dinarzarde C. Raheem, Danilo B. Ribeiro, Jose D. Ribeiro Neto, W. Douglas Robinson, Richard Robinson, Trina Rytwinski, Christoph Scherber, Eleanor M. Slade, Eduardo Somarriba, Philip C. Stouffer, Matthew J. Struebig, Jason M. Tylianakis, Teja Tscharntke, Andrew J. Tyre, Jose N. Urbina Cardona, Heraldo L. Vasconcelos, Oliver Wearn, Konstans Wells, Michael R. Willig, Eric Wood, Richard P. Young, Andrew V. Bradley, Robert M. Ewers

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Abstract

Habitat fragmentation studies have produced complex results that are challenging to synthesize. Inconsistencies among studies may result from variation in the choice of landscape metrics and response variables, which is often compounded by a lack of key statistical or methodological information. Collating primary datasets on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in a consistent and flexible database permits simple data retrieval for subsequent analyses. We present a relational database that links such field data to taxonomic nomenclature, spatial and temporal plot attributes, and environmental characteristics. Field assessments include measurements of the response(s) (e.g., presence, abundance, ground cover) of one or more species linked to plots in fragments within a partially forested landscape. The database currently holds 9830 unique species recorded in plots of 58 unique landscapes in six of eight realms: mammals 315, birds 1286, herptiles 460, insects 4521, spiders 204, other arthropods 85, gastropods 70, annelids 8, platyhelminthes 4, Onychophora 2, vascular plants 2112, nonvascular plants and lichens 320, and fungi 449. Three landscapes were sampled as long-term time series (>10 years). Seven hundred and eleven species are found in two or more landscapes. Consolidating the substantial amount of primary data available on biodiversity responses to fragmentation in the context of land-use change and natural disturbances is an essential part of understanding the effects of increasing anthropogenic pressures on land. The consistent format of this database facilitates testing of generalizations concerning biologic responses to fragmentation across diverse systems and taxa. It also allows the re-examination of existing datasets with alternative landscape metrics and robust statistical methods, for example, helping to address pseudo-replication problems. The database can thus help researchers in producing broad syntheses of the effects of land use. The database is dynamic and inclusive, and contributions from individual and large-scale data-collection efforts are welcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1524-1537
Number of pages14
JournalEcology and Evolution
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

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Keywords

  • Bioinformatics
  • Data sharing
  • Database
  • Edge effects
  • Forest fragmentation
  • Global change
  • Landscape metrics
  • Matrix contrast
  • Species turnover

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Pfeifer, M., Lefebvre, V., Gardner, T. A., Arroyo-Rodriguez, V., Baeten, L., Banks-Leite, C., ... Ewers, R. M. (2014). BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution, 4(9), 1524-1537. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1036

BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. / Pfeifer, Marion; Lefebvre, Veronique; Gardner, Toby A.; Arroyo-Rodriguez, Victor; Baeten, Lander; Banks-Leite, Cristina; Barlow, Jos; Betts, Matthew G.; Brunet, Joerg; Cerezo, Alexis; Cisneros, Laura M.; Collard, Stuart; D'Cruze, Neil; da Silva Motta, Catarina; Duguay, Stephanie; Eggermont, Hilde; Eigenbrod, Felix; Hadley, Adam S.; Hanson, Thor R.; Hawes, Joseph E.; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Klingbeil, Brian T.; Kolb, Annette; Kormann, Urs; Kumar, Sunil; Lachat, Thibault; Lakeman Fraser, Poppy; Lantschner, Victoria; Laurance, William F.; Leal, Inara R.; Lens, Luc; Marsh, Charles J.; Medina-Rangel, Guido F.; Melles, Stephanie; Mezger, Dirk; Oldekop, Johan A.; Overal, William L.; Owen, Charlotte; Peres, Carlos A.; Phalan, Ben; Pidgeon, Anna M.; Pilia, Oriana; Possingham, Hugh P.; Possingham, Max L.; Raheem, Dinarzarde C.; Ribeiro, Danilo B.; Ribeiro Neto, Jose D.; Douglas Robinson, W.; Robinson, Richard; Rytwinski, Trina; Scherber, Christoph; Slade, Eleanor M.; Somarriba, Eduardo; Stouffer, Philip C.; Struebig, Matthew J.; Tylianakis, Jason M.; Tscharntke, Teja; Tyre, Andrew J.; Urbina Cardona, Jose N.; Vasconcelos, Heraldo L.; Wearn, Oliver; Wells, Konstans; Willig, Michael R.; Wood, Eric; Young, Richard P.; Bradley, Andrew V.; Ewers, Robert M.

In: Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 4, No. 9, 05.2014, p. 1524-1537.

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Pfeifer, M, Lefebvre, V, Gardner, TA, Arroyo-Rodriguez, V, Baeten, L, Banks-Leite, C, Barlow, J, Betts, MG, Brunet, J, Cerezo, A, Cisneros, LM, Collard, S, D'Cruze, N, da Silva Motta, C, Duguay, S, Eggermont, H, Eigenbrod, F, Hadley, AS, Hanson, TR, Hawes, JE, Heartsill Scalley, T, Klingbeil, BT, Kolb, A, Kormann, U, Kumar, S, Lachat, T, Lakeman Fraser, P, Lantschner, V, Laurance, WF, Leal, IR, Lens, L, Marsh, CJ, Medina-Rangel, GF, Melles, S, Mezger, D, Oldekop, JA, Overal, WL, Owen, C, Peres, CA, Phalan, B, Pidgeon, AM, Pilia, O, Possingham, HP, Possingham, ML, Raheem, DC, Ribeiro, DB, Ribeiro Neto, JD, Douglas Robinson, W, Robinson, R, Rytwinski, T, Scherber, C, Slade, EM, Somarriba, E, Stouffer, PC, Struebig, MJ, Tylianakis, JM, Tscharntke, T, Tyre, AJ, Urbina Cardona, JN, Vasconcelos, HL, Wearn, O, Wells, K, Willig, MR, Wood, E, Young, RP, Bradley, AV & Ewers, RM 2014, 'BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 4, no. 9, pp. 1524-1537. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1036
Pfeifer M, Lefebvre V, Gardner TA, Arroyo-Rodriguez V, Baeten L, Banks-Leite C et al. BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution. 2014 May;4(9):1524-1537. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1036
Pfeifer, Marion ; Lefebvre, Veronique ; Gardner, Toby A. ; Arroyo-Rodriguez, Victor ; Baeten, Lander ; Banks-Leite, Cristina ; Barlow, Jos ; Betts, Matthew G. ; Brunet, Joerg ; Cerezo, Alexis ; Cisneros, Laura M. ; Collard, Stuart ; D'Cruze, Neil ; da Silva Motta, Catarina ; Duguay, Stephanie ; Eggermont, Hilde ; Eigenbrod, Felix ; Hadley, Adam S. ; Hanson, Thor R. ; Hawes, Joseph E. ; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara ; Klingbeil, Brian T. ; Kolb, Annette ; Kormann, Urs ; Kumar, Sunil ; Lachat, Thibault ; Lakeman Fraser, Poppy ; Lantschner, Victoria ; Laurance, William F. ; Leal, Inara R. ; Lens, Luc ; Marsh, Charles J. ; Medina-Rangel, Guido F. ; Melles, Stephanie ; Mezger, Dirk ; Oldekop, Johan A. ; Overal, William L. ; Owen, Charlotte ; Peres, Carlos A. ; Phalan, Ben ; Pidgeon, Anna M. ; Pilia, Oriana ; Possingham, Hugh P. ; Possingham, Max L. ; Raheem, Dinarzarde C. ; Ribeiro, Danilo B. ; Ribeiro Neto, Jose D. ; Douglas Robinson, W. ; Robinson, Richard ; Rytwinski, Trina ; Scherber, Christoph ; Slade, Eleanor M. ; Somarriba, Eduardo ; Stouffer, Philip C. ; Struebig, Matthew J. ; Tylianakis, Jason M. ; Tscharntke, Teja ; Tyre, Andrew J. ; Urbina Cardona, Jose N. ; Vasconcelos, Heraldo L. ; Wearn, Oliver ; Wells, Konstans ; Willig, Michael R. ; Wood, Eric ; Young, Richard P. ; Bradley, Andrew V. ; Ewers, Robert M. / BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. In: Ecology and Evolution. 2014 ; Vol. 4, No. 9. pp. 1524-1537.
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