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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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Effects of bird and bat exclusion on coffee pest control at multiple spatial scales
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Despite the key role of biological control in agricultural landscapes, we still poorly understand how landscape structure modulates pest control at different spatial scales. Objectives Here we take an experimental approach to explore whether bird and bat exclusion affects pest control in sun coffee plantations, and whether...
Using airborne LiDAR to assess spatial heterogeneity in forest structure on Mount Kilimanjaro
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Field inventory plots which usually have small sizes of around 0.25–1 ha can only represent a sample of the much larger surrounding forest landscape. Based on airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) it has been shown for tropical forests that the bias in the selection of small field plots may hamper the extrapolation of structural forest attributes to larger spatial scales...
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images improve habitat suitability models
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context The ability to detect ecological networks in landscapes is of utmost importance for managing biodiversity and planning corridors. Objectives The objective of this study was to evaluate the information provided by a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image for landscape connectivity modeling compared to aerial photographs (APs...
Fire regimes and forest resilience: alternative vegetation states in the West African tropics
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Terrestrial ecosystems, including tropical forests, are hypothesized to have tipping points beyond which environmental change triggers rapid and radical shifts to novel alternative states. Objective We explored the overarching hypothesis that fire-mediated alternative stable states exist in the semi-deciduous tropical forest...
Multi-temporal trajectories of landscape change explain forest biodiversity in urbanizing ecosystems
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Forest loss and fragmentation negatively affect biodiversity. However, disturbances in forest canopy resulting from repeated deforestation and reforestation are also likely important drivers of biodiversity, but are overlooked when forest cover change is assessed using a single time interval. Objectives We investigated two...
Island biogeography theory outweighs habitat amount hypothesis in predicting plant species richness in small grassland remnants
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context The habitat amount hypothesis has rarely been tested on plant communities. It remains unclear how habitat amount affect species richness in habitat fragments compared to island effects such as isolation and patch size. Objectives How do patch size and spatial distribution compared to habitat amount predict plant species...
A multi-species approach for assessing the impact of land-cover changes on landscape connectivity
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Land-cover changes (LCCs) could impact wildlife populations through gains or losses of natural habitats and changes in the landscape mosaic. To assess such impacts, we need to focus on landscape connectivity from a diachronic perspective. Objectives We propose a method for assessing the impact of LCCs on landscape connectivity...
Integrating a generic focal species, metapopulation capacity, and connectivity to identify opportunities to link fragmented habitat
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context A challenge devising revegetation strategies in fragmented landscapes is conserving for the widest spectrum of biodiversity. Habitat network reconstruction should improve landscape capacity to maintain species populations. However, the location of revegetation often fails to account for species occurrence and dispersal processes operating across spatial scales...
Urban Habitats Biodiversity Assessment (UrHBA): a standardized procedure for recording biodiversity and its spatial distribution in urban environments
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Urban areas are traditionally overlooked by ecologists, but contain a wide range of biodiversity. The existing procedures for consistent recording of habitats and biodiversity are not sufficient to adequately describe urban environments in a fine scale. Objectives A method is required to provide information on biodiversity and...
Environmental drivers of community diversity in a neotropical urban landscape: a multi-scale analysis
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Many aquatic communities are linked by the aerial dispersal of multiple, interacting species and are thus structured by processes occurring in both the aquatic and terrestrial compartments of the ecosystem. Objectives To evaluate the environmental factors shaping the aquatic macroinvertebrate communities associated with tank...
A bird’s eye view: using circuit theory to study urban landscape connectivity for birds
Freitag, 01. September 2017
Abstract Context Connectivity is fundamental to understanding how landscape form influences ecological function. However, uncertainties persist due to the difficulty and expense of gathering empirical data to drive or to validate connectivity models, especially in urban areas, where relationships are multifaceted and the habitat matrix cannot be considered to be binary...
Functional connectivity of the white-footed mouse in Southern Quebec, Canada
Dienstag, 08. August 2017
Abstract Purpose The white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) is an important reservoir host for the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease in eastern North-America. Indigenous cases of Lyme disease in southern Quebec have increased from two cases in 2004 to 160 cases in 2015. Because of the strong relationship between the white-footed mouse occurrence and the Lyme disease pathogen prevalence, we can estimate the risk of Lyme disease...
The impact of urbanization and climate change on urban temperatures: a systematic review
Dienstag, 08. August 2017
Abstract Context Cities have elevated temperatures compared to rural areas, a phenomenon known as the “urban heat island”. Higher temperatures increase the risk of heat-related mortality, which will be exacerbated by climate change. Objectives To examine the impact of climate change and urban growth on future urban temperatures and the potential for...
Alternative characterization of forest fire regimes: incorporating spatial patterns
Dienstag, 01. August 2017
Abstract Context The proportion of fire area that experienced stand-replacing fire effects is an important attribute of individual fires and fire regimes in forests, and this metric has been used to group forest types into characteristic fire regimes. However, relying on proportion alone ignores important spatial characteristics of stand-replacing patches, which can have a strong influence on post-fire vegetation dynamics...
Environmental heterogeneity and biotic interactions as potential drivers of spatial patterning of shorebird nests
Dienstag, 01. August 2017
Abstract Context Species distributions are driven by a wide variety of abiotic and biotic factors, including nest placement for breeding individuals. As such, the spatial distribution of nests within a landscape can reflect environmental heterogeneity, habitat preferences, or even interactions with predators and other species. Objectives We...
Stop using dichotomous terms to reference observations of scale-dependent habitat selection
Dienstag, 01. August 2017
Abstract Context Many studies dichotomize habitat selection into “local” or “landscape” effects, with little explanation regarding what each represents. Ambiguous use of these terms across studies may confound observations of selection operating across different spatiotemporal resolutions and impede synthesis of scale-dependent habitat selection. Objective...
Graph theory as an invasive species management tool: case study in the Sonoran Desert
Dienstag, 01. August 2017
Abstract Context Biodiversity in arid regions is usually concentrated around limited water resources, so natural resource managers have constructed artificial water catchments in many areas to supplement natural waters. Because invasive species may also use these waters, dispersing into previously inaccessible areas, the costs and benefits of artificial waters must be gauged and potential invasion- and climate change-management...
Interactive effects of landscape-wide intensity of farming practices and landscape complexity on wild bee diversity
Dienstag, 01. August 2017
Abstract Context The local intensity of farming practices is considered as an important driver of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes and its effect on biodiversity has been shown to interact with landscape complexity. But the influence of landscape-wide intensity of farming practices on biodiversity and its combined effect with landscape complexity have been little explored...
How does forest fragmentation affect tree communities? A critical case study in the biodiversity hotspot of New Caledonia
Dienstag, 01. August 2017
Abstract Context The biodiversity hotspot for conservation of New Caledonia has facing high levels of forest fragmentation. Remnant forests are critical for biodiversity conservation and can help in understanding how does forest fragmentation affect tree communities. Objective Determine the effect of habitat configuration and availability on...
Establishment of a comprehensive indicator system for the assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services
Dienstag, 01. August 2017
Abstract Context Common indicators are needed to monitor biodiversity loss and the implications for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services (ES). A plethora of different sets of indicators may hinder the identification of major endpoints for large-scale assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES). Objectives We aim to...


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