We thank the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society's Metropolitan Conservation Alliance (MCA) for convening the symposium [Nature in Fragments: The Legacy of Urban Sprawl,] on which this book is based. We also acknowledge the contributions of the symposium presenters, who laid the groundwork for this volume. Although not all of them are represented in this volume, all contributed significantly to the evolution and synthesis of our position on this topic.
To our contributing authors we owe a special debt for generously sharing their scholarly work and for their patience during the revision and editorial process. Their contributions have added depth to the understanding of biodiversity, the challenges of sprawl, and the ways we can make a meaningful contribution to reversing the frightening trajectory of ecological waste that characterized the closing decades of the twentieth century. We are indebted to all those individuals and organizations working toward solutions to the sprawl crisis—they have established a solid platform on which to build a new land-use paradigm.
We also appreciate the efforts of our many chapter reviewers, who gave their time and expertise to ensure the accuracy and clarity of each chapter and provided thoughtful feedback. Many thanks to Dana Beach, Diane Byers, Donald Chen, Ray Curran, Eric Davidson, Richard DeGraaf, Amanda Dey, Joan Ehrenfeld, Paul Epstein, Peggy Fiedler, James Gibbs, Frank Golet, John Gowdy, Jodi Hilty, Roland Kays, William Kemp, Linda Kervin, Claire Kremen, Gretchen LeBuhn, Jay Malcolm, R. William Mannan, Carl McDaniel, Nick Miller, Martha Monroe, Gerry Moore, Marya Morris, Reed Noss, T'ai Roulston, Eric Sanderson, Elizabeth Schilling, Sacha Spector, Gary Tabor, Vince Tepedino, Adrian Treves, Thomas Wright, Jianguo Wu, and Wayne Zipperer.