fl circuit

Connecting for conservation across Florida

Mapping habitat connectivity from readily available and understood data and prioritizing conservation of local wildlife corridors

Connectivity is key for long-term retention of biodiversity in the face of increasingly fragmented habitats and climate change, but identifying specific areas for connectivity conservation is complex. The Florida Circuit Model is based on land cover resistance to species' movement and maps both statewide and local connectivity. It uses new algorithms borrowed from electrical engineering to make more realistic assumptions about species' movement.

Major Findings & Impact

The model identifies remnant connections key to preserving the remaining links among habitat patches. It provides independent support for the geography of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, whose area includes a disproportionately high share of the pathways key for species' movement, and relatively little acreage where species' movement is blocked. Conservationists are using the model to identify locations in greatest need of protection and restoration.

Project Details

More about this project

Data and Analysis Types

Model statewide Florida habitat connectivity using circuit theory, co-produce with conservation practitioners the materials to share and apply the model

Primary Location(s)

Florida Wildlife Corridor, Statewide

Years Active


Featured Publications

The Florida Circuit Model, v. 1.1



Bellini Better World Foundation