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Creating And Connecting Habitat Corridors

Michal Galezewski
Ecologist Nick Haddad believes habitat corridors benefit people and nature.


After centuries of large-scale destruction, humans need to recreate and reconnect habitat for the health of the natural and human worlds. 


Ecologist Nick Haddad has been working to create habitats and researching the power of connecting them into corridors. “When I think of these landscape corridors, I think of super highways for plants and animals,” said Haddad.


Conservation and habitat reconstruction efforts create islands of biodiversity to benefit wildlife. Haddad says those islands need to be connected because we have reached a vulnerable point at which many species and plants could be lost forever.


In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Haddad a professor of integrative biology at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station, where he is director of their long-term Ecological Research Program. He is also the author of The Last Butterflies: A Scientist’s Quest to Save Rare and Vanishing Creatures.


Haddad will be speaking at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Sun Room Memorial Union at Iowa State University.



  • Nick Haddad, professor of integrative biology at Michigan State University and Kellogg Biological Station
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa