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Landscape Ecology - house journal of IALE


The Association works in close collaboration with Springer to produce the major journal in the field, Landscape Ecology . This journal, first time published in 1984, became the flagship journal in the rapidly developing fields of ecology and sustainability science of landscapes. The journal focuses on highly inter- and transdisciplinary studies, aggregating expertise from biological, geophysical, and social sciences to explore the formation, dynamics and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in natural and human-dominated landscapes. Below you'll find the most recentc articles published in Landscape Ecology:


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Modeling relative habitat suitability of southern Florida for invasive Burmese pythons ( Python molurus bivittatus )
Freitag, 08. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Invasive Burmese pythons are altering the ecology of southern Florida and their distribution is expanding northward. Understanding their habitat use is an important step in understanding the pathways of the invasion. Objectives This study identifies key landscape variables in predicting relative habitat suitability for pythons at the...
Correction to: Pasteur’s quadrant: an appealing ecophronetic alternative to the prevalent Bohr’s quadrant in ecosystem services research
Montag, 04. Dezember 2017
Abstract In the original publication, in Fig. 1 caption, the text “American history scholar Paul Johnson” should be replaced with “British history scholar Paul Johnson”.
A practical method for creating a digital topographic surface for ecological plots using ground-based measurements
Montag, 04. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Digital elevation models (DEMs) are widely used in landscape ecology to link topographic features with biotic and abiotic factors. However, to date, high-resolution, affordable, and easy to process elevation data are not available for many regions. Objectives Here we propose a field-based method for efficiently and inexpensively collecting...
Pasteur’s quadrant: an appealing ecophronetic alternative to the prevalent Bohr’s quadrant in ecosystem services research
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Thirty years of Landscape Ecology (1987–2017): retrospects and prospects
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Identifying environmental drivers of spatial genetic structure of the European pine marten ( Martes martes )
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context In a global context of erosion of biodiversity, the current environmental policy in Europe is oriented towards the creation and the preservation of ecological networks for wildlife. However, most of the management guidelines arose from a structural landscape diagnostic without truly taking into consideration species’ needs. Objectives...
Landscape context drives breeding habitat selection by an enigmatic grassland songbird
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Purpose Wildlife conservation requires understanding how landscape context influences habitat selection at spatial scales broader than the territory or habitat patch. Objectives We assessed how landscape composition, fragmentation, and disturbance affected occurrence and within-season site-fidelity of a declining grassland songbird...
More is more? Forest management allocation at different spatial scales to mitigate conflicts between ecosystem services
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Multi-objective management can mitigate conflicts among land-use objectives. However, the effectiveness of a multi-objective solution depends on the spatial scale at which land-use is optimized. This is because the ecological variation within the planning region influences the potential for site-specific prioritization according to the different objectives...
Linking wind erosion to ecosystem services in drylands: a landscape ecological approach
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Wind erosion is a widespread environmental problem in the world’s arid landscapes, which threatens the sustainability of ecosystem services in these regions. Objectives We investigated how wind erosion and key ecosystem services changed concurrently and what major biophysical and socioeconomic factors were responsible for...
Rules to write mathematics to clarify metrics such as the land use dynamic degrees
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Scientists frequently describe temporal change among land categories by reporting the single land use dynamic degree and the comprehensive land use dynamic degree (CLUDD). The original intention of CLUDD was to compute the annual change percentage, which is the size of annual change expressed as a percentage of the size of the spatial extent. However, the literature’s mathematical descriptions of CLUDD have...
Holding the line: three decades of prescribed fires halt but do not reverse woody encroachment in grasslands
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Encroachment of woody vegetation represents a significant global threat to biodiversity in grasslands, but practices used to reverse encroachment are rarely evaluated comprehensively. Several factors may drive encroachment, such as land use history, alteration of disturbance regimes, and local environment, but their relative importance is poorly understood. Another complicating factor is that encroachment may...
Spatio-temporal variation in foodscapes modifies deer browsing impact on vegetation
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Ungulate browsers often alter plant composition and reduce diversity in forests worldwide, yet our ability to predict browse impact on vegetation remains equivocal. Theory suggests, however, that ungulate distribution and foraging impacts are shaped by scale-dependent decisions based on variation in habitat composition and structure encountered within their home range...
Landscape metrics as a framework to measure the effect of landscape structure on the spread of invasive insect species
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context With accelerated land-use change throughout the world, increased understanding of the relative effects of landscape composition and configuration on biological system and bioinvasion in particular, is needed to design effective management strategies. However, this topic is poorly understood in part because empirical studies often fail to account for large gradients of habitat complexity and offer insufficient...
A Bayesian method for assessing multi-scale species-habitat relationships
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Scientists face several theoretical and methodological challenges in appropriately describing fundamental wildlife-habitat relationships in models. The spatial scales of habitat relationships are often unknown, and are expected to follow a multi-scale hierarchy. Typical frequentist or information theoretic approaches often suffer under collinearity in multi-scale studies, fail to converge when models are complex...
Anthropogenic landscapes support fewer rare bee species
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context The response of rare species to human land use is poorly known because rarity is difficult to study; however, it is also important because rare species compose most of biodiversity, and are disproportionately vulnerable. Regional bee pollinator faunas have not been assessed for rarity outside of Europe. Therefore, we do not know to what extent anthropogenic landscapes support rare North American bee biodiversity...
High value of ecological information for river connectivity restoration
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Efficient restoration of longitudinal river connectivity relies on barrier mitigation prioritization tools that incorporate stream network spatial structure to maximize ecological benefits given limited resources. Typically, ecological benefits of barrier mitigation are measured using proxies such as the amount of accessible riverine habitat...
Spatiotemporal dynamics of the agricultural landscape mosaic drives distribution and abundance of dominant carabid beetles
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017
Abstract Context Agroecosystems are dynamic, with yearly changing proportions of crops. Explicit consideration of this temporal heterogeneity is required to decipher population and community patterns but remains poorly studied. Objectives We evaluated the impact on the activity-density of two dominant carabid species (Poecilus cupreus and...
Inconsistent effects of landscape heterogeneity and land-use on animal diversity in an agricultural mosaic: a multi-scale and multi-taxon investigation
Donnerstag, 23. November 2017
Abstract Context The landscape heterogeneity hypothesis states that increased heterogeneity in agricultural landscapes will promote biodiversity. However, this hypothesis does not detail which components of landscape heterogeneity (compositional or configurational) most affect biodiversity and how these compare to the effects of surrounding agricultural land-use. Objectives...
Covariation between local and landscape factors influences the structure of ground-active arthropod communities in fragmented metropolitan woodlands
Montag, 20. November 2017
Abstract Context The world is becoming increasingly urbanized, with more than half of the global population now living in cities. Understanding the factors impacting natural communities in fragmented landscapes is therefore crucial for predicting how the remaining ecosystems will respond to global change. Ground-active arthropods, which are important in nutrient cycling, are likely sensitive to habitat changes resulting from...
Anthropogenic disturbances strengthened tree community-environment relationships at the temperate-boreal interface
Donnerstag, 09. November 2017
Abstract Context Knowledge of how environmental gradients generate changes in community composition across forest landscapes (β-diversity) represents a critical issue in the era of global change, which exerts especially powerful impacts by shifting disturbance regimes. Objectives We analyzed the response of tree communities to increased disturbance rates...


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