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The airspace is habitat

July 17, 2013

A preconception concerning habitat persists and has gone unrecognized since use of the term first entered the lexicon of ecological and evolutionary biology many decades ago. Specifically, land and water are considered habitats, while the airspace is not. This might at first seem a reasonable, if unintended, demarcation, since years of education and personal experience as well as limits to perception predispose a traditional view of habitat. Nevertheless, the airspace satisfies the definition and functional role of a habitat, and its recognition as habitat may have implications for policy where expanding anthropogenic development of airspace could impact the conservation of species and subject parts of the airspace to formalized legal protection.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title The airspace is habitat
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2013.02.015
Authors Robert H. Diehl
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Series Number
Index ID 70175452
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center