How tree cover can offer shortcut to estimating biodiversity

A research team from Stanford University has developed a more efficient method to measure and quantify the level of biodiversity across landscapes from wilderness to urban centers.

The study, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the density of tree cover is the best indicator of the level of biodiversity in a given area. The researchers hope their results will inform policymakers attempting to protect biodiversity and endangered species.

“We’ve created a framework for counting something previously uncountable,” Chase Mendenhall, a postdoctoral research fellow in biology at Stanford who led the study, said in a statement. READ MORE.

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