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Evaluating the Use of Surrogates of Marine Mammal Species Representation in Biodiversity Conservation Planning

Abstract Biodiversity is required to guarantee proper ecosystem structure and function. However, increasing anthropogenic threats are causing biodiversity loss around the world at an unprecedented rate, in what has been deemed the sixth mass extinction. To counteract this crisis, conservationists seek to improve the methods used in the design and implementation of protected areas, which help mitigate the impacts of human activities on species. Marine mammals are ecosystem engineers and important indicator species of ocean and human wellbeing. They are also disproportionally less known and more threatened than terrestrial mammals. Therefore, surrogates of biodiversity must be used to maximize their representation in conservation planning. Some of the... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Astudillo-Scalia, Yaiyr (Author) / Albuquerque, Fábio (Advisor) / Deviche, Pierre (Advisor) / Polidoro, Beth (Committee member) / Kellar, Nicholas (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental science / Wildlife conservation / Biological oceanography / Complementarity / Conservation planning / Marine mammals / Spatial prioritization / Species richness / Surrogates of biodiversity
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 182 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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