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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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Island biogeography theory outweighs habitat amount hypothesis in predicting plant species richness in small grassland remnants
Samstag, 17. Juni 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 richness and...
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images improve habitat suitability models
Mittwoch, 14. Juni 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...
Stop using dichotomous terms to reference observations of scale-dependent habitat selection
Dienstag, 13. Juni 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...
Employing landscape metrics in an open population model to estimate demographic parameters of a grassland bird
Dienstag, 13. Juni 2017
Abstract Context The importance of landscape context is increasingly recognized when studying relationships between populations. Recent advances in open population modeling allow the employment of landscape metrics to estimate demographic parameters underlying population variation through time and space. Objectives Our primary objectives were to (1...
The past and future of modeling forest dynamics: from growth and yield curves to forest landscape models
Montag, 12. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Quantitative models of forest dynamics have followed a progression toward methods with increased detail, complexity, and spatial extent. Objectives We highlight milestones in the development of forest dynamics models and identify future research and application opportunities. Methods...
Multi-temporal trajectories of landscape change explain forest biodiversity in urbanizing ecosystems
Freitag, 09. Juni 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 questions at the...
How do land-use legacies affect ecosystem services in United States cultural landscapes?
Freitag, 09. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Landscape-scale studies of ecosystem services (ES) have increased, but few consider land-use history. Historical land use may be especially important in cultural landscapes, producing legacies that influence ecosystem structure, function, and biota that in turn affect ES supply. Objectives Our goal was to generate a conceptual framework for...
Environmental drivers of community diversity in a neotropical urban landscape: a multi-scale analysis
Mittwoch, 07. Juni 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 bromeliads in...
Using animal movement behavior to categorize land cover and predict consequences for connectivity and patch residence times
Samstag, 03. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Landscape-scale population dynamics are driven in part by movement within and dispersal among habitat patches. Predicting these processes requires information about how movement behavior varies among land cover types. Objectives We investigated how butterfly movement in a heterogeneous landscape varies within and between habitat and matrix...
Fine-scale temporal and spatial population fluctuations of medium sized carnivores in a Mediterranean agricultural matrix
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Many Mediterranean ecosystems are human-dominated landscapes comprising a mosaic of agricultural, natural and semi-natural habitats alongside urban areas. The size, spatial pattern and connectivity of these “mosaic landscapes” promote changes in wildlife behavior, movement patterns and habitat use. Objectives Study how...
Spatially explicit quantification of the interactions among ecosystem services
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Human demands for ecosystem services (ES) have tremendously changed the landscape and led to degradation of ecosystems and associated services. The resolving of current eco-environmental problems calls for better understanding of the spatially explicit ES interactions to guide targeted land-use policy-making. Objectives We...
A neutral modeling approach for designing spatially heterogeneous jack pine plantations in northern Lower Michigan, USA
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Jack pine-dominated ecosystems in northern Lower Michigan are heavily managed using a harvesting and planting regime designed to provide breeding habitat for the federally endangered Kirtland’s warbler. These plantations do not resemble naturally-regenerated patterns of jack pine, but few data exist after which alternate planting configurations may be modeled...
Circuit theory to estimate natal dispersal routes and functional landscape connectivity for an endangered small mammal
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Natal dispersal links population dynamics to landscape connectivity. Understanding how organisms perceive barriers to movement, or landscape resistance, during natal dispersal is important to conserve and manage populations threatened by fragmentation and habitat loss. Objectives We aimed to (1) model probability of landscape...
Ecological differences and limiting factors in different regional contexts: landscape genetics of the stone marten in the Iberian Peninsula
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Landscape genetics focuses on quantifying relationships between landscape features and gene flow. Most past landscape genetic studies have addressed relationships between landscape structure and genetic differentiation in single study areas. However, failure to investigate multiple areas across a species range could produce misleading inferences about which landscape variables generally limit gene flow in a...
Landscape-scale mass-action of spiders explains early-season immigration rates in crops
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Early-season immigration into arable fields by natural enemies is key for effective biocontrol, but little is known about the mechanisms underlying immigration processes. Objectives Here we test the mass action hypothesis for ballooning spiders, stating that local immigration rates are positively related to the amount of...
Why non-native grasses pose a critical emerging threat to biodiversity conservation, habitat connectivity and agricultural production in multifunctional rural landscapes
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Landscape-scale conservation planning is key to the protection of biodiversity globally. Central to this approach is the development of multifunctional rural landscapes (MRLs) that maintain the viability of natural ecosystems and promote animal and plant dispersal alongside agricultural land uses. Objectives We investigate...
A hierarchy-based solution to calculate the configurational entropy of landscape gradients
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context The second law of thermodynamics is fundamental in landscape ecology, and Shannon entropy has been employed as an important means of analyzing landscape patterns. However, the thermodynamic basis of Shannon entropy has been recently questioned because such entropy considers only probability and not configurational information. As a result, Boltzmann entropy (also called configurational entropy), which is the...
The proximate causes of asymmetric movement across heterogeneous landscapes
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Asymmetric movements, in which the probability of moving from patch i to patch j is not necessarily the same as moving in the opposite direction, may be the rule more than the exception in nature where organisms move through spatially heterogeneous environments. Empirical tests of dispersal asymmetries are rare with even fewer tests of the mechanisms driving such patterns...
Modeling the long-term effects of introduced herbivores on the spread of an invasive tree
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Context Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) Blake (hereafter melaleuca) is an invasive tree from Australia that has spread over the freshwater ecosystems of southern Florida, displacing native vegetation, thus threatening native biodiversity. Suppression of melaleuca appears to be progressing through the introduction of insect species, the weevil, Oxiops vitiosa, and the psyllid...
Temporal variation and spatial scale dependency of ecosystem service interactions: a case study on the central Loess Plateau of China
Donnerstag, 01. Juni 2017
Abstract Contexts An important feature of ecosystem service interaction is that it changes over time and across spatial scales. Objectives This research aims to find which ecosystem service interactions temporally vary and depend on spatial scale. Methods We...


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