Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New York
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New York Project

Landscape Conservation in the Choco-Andean Biological Corridor

September 2014 - December 2017


Participating Agencies

  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Ecuador’s famous cloud forests are home to the Andean bear and scores of other endangered animals and plants—yet more than 50 percent of these biodiversity hotspots are now deforested, threatening both habitats and rural livelihoods. Working with local stakeholders, the researchers will develop a conservation program that connects existing forest reserves with the newly created Andean bear corridor. An optimal corridor design will ensure landscape connectivity for endangered species, while maintaining critical ecosystem services and sustainable ways of life for the human inhabitants of South America’s biodiversity epicenters.

Research Publications Publication Date
Morin, D.J., A.K. Fuller, J.A. Royle, and C. Sutherland. 2017. Model-based estimators of density and connectivity to inform conservation of spatially-structured populations. Ecosphere 8(1):e01623. 10.1002/ecs2.1623. January 2017
Molina, S., A.K. Fuller, D.J. Morin, and J.A. Royle. 2017. Use of spatial capture-recapture to estimate density of Andean bears in northern Ecuador. Ursus 28:117-126. August 2017