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Title: Caribbean landscapes and their biodiversity

Author: Lugo, A. E.; Helmer, E. H.; Santiago Valentín, E.;

Date: 2012

Source: Interciencia 37:705-710

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Both the biodiversity and the landscapes of the Caribbean have been greatly modified as a consequence of human activity. In this essay we provide an overview of the natural landscapes and biodiversity of the Caribbean and discuss how human activity has affected both. Our Caribbean geographic focus is on the insular Caribbean and the biodiversity focus is on the flora, forests, and built up land. Recent land cover changes from agricultural to urban cover have allowed for the proliferation of novel forests, where introduced plant species have naturalized and play important ecological roles that appear compatible with native and endemic flora.

Keywords: Caribbean landscapes, biodiversity, human activity, novel forests, urbanization, land cover changes

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Lugo, A. E.; Helmer, E. H.; Santiago Valentín, E. 2012. Caribbean landscapes and their biodiversity. Interciencia 37:705-710.


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