Clara's work study aims to analyse the rate and timing of landscape fragmentation in Canada, in order to understand how this affects ecological processes, ecosystem services and future urban development. Since it is only after several decades that the extent of effects of fragmentation can be evaluated, a temporal analysis is key. Landscape fragmentation over 50 years will be measured using the effective mesh size method, to observe the rate of change over the time frame and to use the results of these to make a judgement on fragmentation hotspots and future landscape fragmentation. Clara is doing her M.Sc. in Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Jochen Jaeger.
The title of Clara's thesis project is Assessing the degree of landscape fragmentation in Canada over the past 50-70 years.