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Lovejoy and Laurance, BBVA Foundation award in ecology
Date:1/30/2009

o knowledge generation, for many years of research in the Brazilian tropical forest". His and Lovejoy's chief objective during this time has been to understand the consequences of ecosystem fragmentation, "but lately we have observed how this threat is 'conspiring' with other pernicious processes like climate change and deforestation. We need to understand how this interaction comes about".

Lovejoy and Laurance launched the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) in the late 1970s. Fragmentation is among the direst threats facing natural ecosystems. The BDFFP's study area spans more than 1,000 km2 of virgin forest, including a series of experimentally isolated fragments. Researchers there track the "before and after" of ecosystem fragmentation with regard to the abundance of species, obtaining novel data of immense value.

The jury of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award also singled out both researchers' endeavors in training new generations of Amazonia researchers and in sharing skills and knowledge to ensure their work is carried on for years to come; indeed their conservation practices have become benchmarks of their kind.

Foreign debt in return for nature preservation

In the words of the jury's citation, "The awardees are recognized for their contributions to understanding the effects of land use change on biodiversity and ecosystem processes. They have developed and maintained a seminal, long-term landscape experiment in Amazonian Brazil, designed to measure and forecast the manifold consequences of habitat fragmentation - a major consequence of land use change - for the integrity of tropical forests. Their work has revealed many unexpected features of habitat fragmentation, such as dramatically increased mortality in forest trees, with far-reaching consequences for the preservation of forest biodiversity and carbon pool dynamics. Insights from this study have significantly influenced conservation scien
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