An interesting new paper by Brad McRae and colleagues has been published in the journal PLoS One. Entitled “Where to Restore Ecological Connectivity? Detecting Barriers and Quantifying Restoration Benefits” (download link), the research uses techniques to identify connectivity barriers that are similar to those used in microchip design, where simulated voltage levels reveal areas with strong voltage gradients where electrical connectivity must be enhanced. Software to implement the method is freely available (download link).
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