In this essay: I provide a brief history of habitat fragmentation research; I describe why its “non-questions” (‘Is habitat fragmentation a big problem for wildlife species?” and, “Are the effects of habitat fragmentation generally negative or positive?”) are important to conservation; I outline my role in tackling these questions; I discuss reasons why the culture of habitat fragmentation research is largely incapable of accepting the answers; and I speculate on the future of habitat fragmentation research.

habitat fragmentation, habitat loss, landscape complementation, landscape heterogeneity, number of patches, patch size, SLOSS, spatial scale, species conservation, Ursula Franklin
Global Ecology and Biogeography
Department of Biology

Fahrig, L. (2018). Habitat fragmentation: A long and tangled tale. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi:10.1111/geb.12839