Matthews, T.J., Cottee-Jones, H.E.W. & Whittaker, R.J. (2015) Quantifying and interpreting nestedness in habitat islands: a synthetic analysis of multiple datasets.Diversity and Distributions, 21, 392–404. DOI:10.1111/ddi.12298 (IF2015 4,566; Q1 Ecology)
The concept of nestedness is important in determining the relative contribution to overall system diversity of different habitat patches within a fragmented system. Much of the previous work on nestedness has focused on islands within oceans (islands sensu stricto). The largest analysis of habitat island systems to date found significant nestedness to be a near universal feature, but the methods used have since been criticized as inappropriate. Thus, there is a need for an updated, critical examination of the prevalence, underlying drivers and implications of nestedness in multiple habitat island systems.