Increasing human-induced disturbances and habit fragmentation have jeopardized the biological diversity of the world. Nature conservation becomes a upmost important and quite challenging task.Theories and principles to guide conservation practices are urgently needed. A major attempt is made here to synthesize some recent theoretical and empirical studies in several different fields which are related to conservation science. Models which are based upon distinct perspectives and at different organizationa1 levels are reviewed and, applicability and roles of mathematical modelling in nature conservation are examined.
Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology
Nature conservation, Mathematical modelling, Landscape fragmentation, Island biogeography theory, Population dynamics.