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.

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Keywords habitat fragmentation, habitat loss, landscape complementation, landscape heterogeneity, number of patches, patch size, SLOSS, spatial scale, species conservation, Ursula Franklin
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Journal Global Ecology and Biogeography
Fahrig, L. (2018). Habitat fragmentation: A long and tangled tale. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi:10.1111/geb.12839