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New Research Reveals Impacts of Habitat Loss on Ecosystems

New Research Reveals Impacts of Habitat Loss on Ecosystems

A new study has revealed how the losses of natural habitat of different communities will affect the ecosystem of an area as a whole.

The research was an international collaboration that tried to found out how different activities that results in loss of natural habitat might affect different species in an area. The paper was first published in the journal Nature Communications and examines how different communities respond to their habitat’s destruction.

Talking about the research, Daniel Montoya, said, “Ecologists and practitioners tend to assess the impact of human activities on biodiversity by measuring the extinction rates of species.”

“However, biodiversity comprises elements other than single species, such as the interactions between species and their stability over time and space.

“These additional, and sometimes overlooked, properties are key to the functioning of ecosystems. They are the missed component of biodiversity loss that accompanies or precede species extinctions.”

He continued, “Natural habitats can be destroyed randomly or in a clustered way – for example, by the construction of a road or the creation of new urban areas, respectively. The spatial configuration of this loss differentially constrains the mobility of individual animals, which further impacts biodiversity and the stability of populations in the remaining fragments of intact habitat.”

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