Richard T. T. Forman is the PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology at Harvard University, and teaches ecological courses in the Graduate School of Design and Harvard College. As a leader in landscape ecology, road ecology, and urban ecology, he links science with spatial pattern to interweave nature and people on the land. His books include Land Mosaics (1995), Road Ecology (2003), and Urban Regions (2008).

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Suppose we could move gloriously and quietly along in our own comfortable car compartment some 20 feet high between the trees, yet with no engine running, no fossil fuel use, no greenhouse gas emissions, and no need to watch the road (Figure 1). Or, we could zip along in channels dug just below ground level […]

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