NCEAS Project 12298

Large-scale management action experiments and the detection of population-level effects

  • Stephanie E. Hampton

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Habitat restoration actions are frequently undertaken to benefit particular species at risk, the reasonable assumption being that habitat is important, but without a rigorous demonstration that habitat restoration can, will, or does affect population-level metrics. Is it possible to design large-scale experiments in the form of management actions such that the effects of restoration activities on populations can be detected? If so, what are the general rules for effective design and implementation?