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BIOFRAG: A New Database for Analyzing Biodiversity Responses to Forest Fragmentation

Photo of Data from a tabonuco forest (pictured) in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, one of three long-term time series of data, contributed to the BIOFRAG database. USDA Forest ServiceData from a tabonuco forest (pictured) in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, one of three long-term time series of data, contributed to the BIOFRAG database. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : A collaboration among more than 50 scientists from international institutions produced a database that contributes to understanding biodiveristy responses to forest fragmentation. The database includes three landscapes that were sampled as long-term time series, one of these comes from International Institute for Tropical Forestry work at the Luquillo Experimental Forest.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Heartsill Scalley, Tamara 
Research Location : Luquillo Exterimental Forest among other sites world-wide
Research Station : International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 761


To efficiently design and implement effective management and conservation plans, understanding the relationships between deforestation and fragmentation on biodiversity in tropical landscapes is critical. But current individual habitat fragmentation studies have produced complex results that are challenging to synthesize. To address this challenge, 50 scientists from international instituttions produced a relational database that links field data to taxonomic nomenclature, spatial and temporal plot attributes, and environmental characteristics. The database currently holds 9,830 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 greater than 10 years. .

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Agroecology, Department of Crop Sciences, Goettingen University, Goettingen, Germany
  • BDFFP, INPA, Manaus, Brazil
  • Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
  • Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K
  • Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science and School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Cairns, Qld, Australia
  • Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Turrialba, Costa Rica
  • Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil
  • Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Morelia, Mexico
  • Departamento de Botânica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
  • Departamento de Entomologia, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Manaus, Brazil
  • Departamento de Entomologia, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG), Belém, Brazil
  • Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Department of Forest & Water Management, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife, Manjimup Research Centre, Manjimup, WA, Australia
  • Department of Zoology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois
  • Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K
  • Departmento de Métodos Cuantitativos y Sistemas de Información, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K
  • Ecology and Territory Department, School of Rural and Environmental Studies, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K
  • Friday Harbor, Washington
  • Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Laboratory, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • INTA EEA, Bariloche - CONICET, Bariloche, Argentina
  • Institute of Ecology, FB2, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • Instituto de Biologia
  • Instituto de Ciencias Naturales – ICN, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K
  • Life Sciences Department, The Natural History Museum, London, U.K
  • Michelle Pfeifer from the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Ascot, U.K
  • Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Nature Conservation Society of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
  • OPAL, Imperial College London, London, U.K
  • Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium
  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K
  • School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sheffield Institute for International Development, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K
  • Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden
  • Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland
  • Terrestrial Ecology Unit, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld, Australia Marden, Australia
  • The World Society for the Protection of Animals, London, U.K